Terry Gildea

News Director

Terry Gildea comes to KUER from San Antonio where he spent four years as a reporter and host at Texas Public Radio. While at KSTX, he created, produced and hosted the station's first local talk show, The Source. He covered San Antonio's military community for the station and for NPR's Impact of War Project. Terry's features on wounded warriors, families on the home front and veterans navigating life after war have aired on Morning Edition, Weekend Edition and All Things Considered. His half-hour radio documentary exploring the burn unit at Brooke Army Medical Center was honored by the Houston Press Club and the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters. Prior to his position in San Antonio, Terry covered Congress for two years with Capitol News Connection and Public Radio International . He holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Washington and a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Terry enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons, fixing bicycles and rooting for his hometown Seattle Mariners.


11:27 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Democrats Vying for State Senate Seat Meet in Debate

State Senate District 2 candidates debate Tuesday night at the Utah Museum of Fine Art. Candidates from L-R: Will Carlson, Robert Comstock, Peter Corroon, Jim Dabakis, Brian Doughty and Jenny Wilson.
Credit Terry Gildea

Six Democratic candidates hoping to fill a vacant state senate seat met in a debate last night organized by the Alliance for a Better Utah.  The seat in Senate district 2 is left open by Ben McAdams who was elected the Salt Lake County Mayor earlier this month. 

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11:08 am
Mon November 5, 2012

KUER's Election 2012 Recap

Utah Governor

Republican Gary Herbert secured his second term in office last night, breezing past Democrat Peter Cooke by more than 36,000 votes.

Just before 11 pm, General Peter Cooke arrived unexpectedly at GOP headquarters to congratulate Governor Gary Herbert on his win. Cooke said he tried calling the governor first but he didn’t pick up. Cooke later returned to the Democratic headquarters to concede, saying Utahns need to continue fighting for education.

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9:50 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Utah Attorney General's Race Draws Two Very Different Candidates

Credit Courtesy of the Utah Attorney General's Office

Next week voters will choose the next chief law enforcement officer for the state of Utah. The Attorney General is part criminal prosecutor – part political adviser and the two candidates vying for the job have very different ideas on how to do it right. 

Inside his office on the second floor of the state capitol, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff says he’s ready to move on.  The 55-year-old Republican has held the job of the state’s chief legal advisor for 12 years and he’s proud of his efforts to protect Utahn’s while also navigating the political pitfalls of the job.

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5:13 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Cooke Pledges Support to Minority Communities

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Peter Cooke speaks to leaders from Utah's minority communities
Terry Gildea

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Peter Cooke gathered leaders from Utah minority communities Friday to outline his policy on immigration in the state. 

Cooke praised leaders from the state’s Hispanic, Asian and Middle Eastern communities among others.  He pledged he would restore the state Office of Ethnic Affairs and pointed to the Utah Compact as guide for how his administration would handle immigration policy.

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House & Senate Races
3:56 am
Sat September 29, 2012

Utah House Candidates Both Have The 'Right Strategy'

Mia Love, the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 28. She's running for Congress against incumbent Democrat Jim Matheson.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sat September 29, 2012 2:53 pm

In Utah, the state's lone Democratic congressman is in a tough battle for a seventh term. Jim Matheson's opponent, Mia Love, has the support of national GOP superstars and, if elected, would become the first black Republican woman in Congress.

In a state where only about 25 percent of residents vote as Democrats, Matheson has successfully gotten enough Republicans to vote for him and keep him in office for the past 12 years. He can trace his political roots back to his father, Scott Matheson, the state's last Democratic governor.

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Business & Labor
6:00 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Unemployment Insurance Benefits Reinstated in Utah

The Utah Department of Workforce Services announced Monday that some Utahn’s will again have access to additional unemployment insurance.

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3:23 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Herbert and Cooke Square Off in First Debate

Governor Gary Herbert and Democratic Candidate Peter Cooke face off in their first public debate.
Courtesy of the Peter Cooke for Governor Campaign

Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Democratic Challenger Peter Cooke faced off in their first debate Friday.  The two men touted policy accomplishments and ideas concerning the state economy, the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and federal control over public lands.  Herbert and Cooke also shared their differences on the future of Hill Air Force Base.  Cooke, a retired U.S. Army Major General, asserted that Hill could lose its vital maintenance mission to Tinker Air Force Base outside of Oklahoma City in the next Base Realignment and Closure round scheduled for 2015.

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12:39 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Jim Matheson Puts Family Over Party, Won't Attend Democratic National Convention

Matheson For congress

Utah’s lone Democratic Congressman, Jim Matheson is not participating in his party’s national convention this week.

Last week Matheson’s opponent, Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love spoke at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, but Congressman Matheson will be home this week when his party meets in Charlotte to nominate Barack Obama and Joe Biden for re-election. Matheson says it’s more important for him to stay in Utah.

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11:56 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Mia Love Speaks About The American Dream At GOP Convention

Saratoga Springs Mayor and Utah Congressional Candidate Mia Love took the stage last night at the GOP National Convention.

A video montage showcasing Love as a mayor and mother preceded her speech. Her speech was brief. Love spoke for just under four minutes, but she quickly invoked the story of her Haitian immigrant parents and what they taught her about American values.

"So the America I grew up knowing was centered in self-reliance and filled with the possibilities of living the American dream," she says.

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12:30 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

GOP Hopes House Hopeful Will 'Change Impressions'

Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love, who is running for a House seat, speaks at the Republican state convention April 21, in Sandy, Utah. Love would be the first black, female Republican elected to Congress.
Leah Hogsten The Salt Lake Tribune via AP

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 5:42 pm

A Utah congressional hopeful will take the stage Tuesday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Mia Love is the mayor of Saratoga Springs, a small Utah community, but her energy and personal story have Republicans believing she's a winner. If elected, she'd become the first black female Republican in Congress.

Perhaps Love's unofficial audition for a speaking slot in Tampa started when she took the stage at the Utah state GOP convention in April.

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5:32 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Matheson Endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Rep. Jim Matheson accepts an endorsement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Terry Gildea

Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson got an enthusiastic endorsement from the U-S Chamber of Commerce Tuesday . The organization is launching a voter education initiative to support pro-business candidates.  

The Chamber supports small business and the organization is endorsing lawmakers during this election season that vote at least seventy percent of the time in favor of their issues.  Rob Engstrom is the national political director for the Chamber.  He says Matheson has voted with his group nearly eighty percent of the time.

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10:57 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Senator John McCain Stumps for Mia Love

Arizona Senator John McCain shows support for Utah congressional candidate Mia Love at a rally in West Valley City Thursday night.
Terry Gildea

The latest GOP national figure showed up in Utah Thursday night to support Saratoga Springs Mayor and congressional candidate Mia Love. Arizona Senator and former Presidential hopeful John McCain rallied with Love in West Valley City. 

Close to three hundred people gathered in the amphitheater outside the Utah Cultural Celebration Center to see what McCain had to say about the GOP candidate in the state’s fourth congressional district.  The Senator broke the ice with a few jokes about his failed presidential bid in 2008 and then offered his support to Love.

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12:33 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

The Future of Medicaid in Utah - Part 3: Gaps in Services and Gaps in Coverage

Kyle and Chelsea Woodruff with their children EmmaLeigh and Grant Taylor.
Woodruff family

The expansion of Medicaid as outlined in the Affordable Care Act is designed to give more people access to healthcare services. Without the expansion, a portion of the Utah’s population living on the edge of poverty may remain uninsured. But some believe that Medicaid doesn’t do enough for those who are already enrolled. In part 3 of our series, The Future of Medicaid in Utah we examine the gap in services already provided and the coverage gap that will continue to exist if Medicaid is not expanded.

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12:52 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Senator Hatch Easily Wins Primary

Dan Liljenquist gives his concession speech to a group of his supporters.
Brian Grimmett

Senator Orrin Hatch won the GOP Primary Tuesday night, defeating former state senator Dan Liljenquist with more than 60 percent of the vote after a campaign stoked by anti-incumbent sentiment. Hatch told supporters at his election night gathering that he was relieved that the primary is behind him.

"You know I’ve learned that you can’t take anything for granted. No matter how good you are, no matter how much you’ve done. There’s always going to be somebody who's going to find fault with you and I think that’s kind of good in some ways," Hatch said.

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11:31 am
Sun June 24, 2012

Sen. Hatch Faces 'Youth Movement' In Utah Primary

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist talk before a debate at KSL NewsRadio in Salt Lake City on June 15. The two face each other in the Utah Republican primary on Tuesday.
Laura Seitz AP

The Tea Party revolution swept through Utah in 2010, when conservative favorite Mike Lee ousted three-term Republican Sen. Bob Bennett at the state party convention.

Perhaps the person watching the upset closest that day was Utah's longest-serving senator, Orrin Hatch. Now 78, Hatch is trying to keep his job in an anti-incumbent atmosphere that led to the defeat last month of his colleague Richard Lugar of Indiana.

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KUER Local News
3:39 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

KUER News Pod Monday June 18, 2012

A new report from the Utah Foundation reveals what keeps voters from showing up to the polls. A University of Utah study shows that sexting is on the rise among teens and Brigham Young University has developed a translator app to help those attending the Olympicsin London. This is your KUER News Pod for Monday June 18, 2012.



7:48 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Hatch and Liljenquist Engage in Final Debate Before GOP Primary


Senator Orrin Hatch and Dan Liljenquist faced off Friday in the only debate scheduled before the primary election later this month.  

Hatch and Liljenquist debated for an hour on KSL Newsradio’s Doug Wright Show.   Hatch claims his 36 years in the Senate position him to continue being a powerful voice for Utah. But Liljenquist says Hatch has already had more than three decades to fix problems and has failed.  During the debate he attacked Hatch’s voting record.

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KUER Local News
2:04 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

KUER News Pod Monday June 11, 2012

Wildfires continue to burn across the region and Utahns Against Hunger try to feed more kids during Summer vacation.  This is your KUER News Pod for Monday June 11, 2012.

KUER Local News
5:09 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

KUER News Pod Friday June 8, 2012

Dan Liljenquist debates Video Clips of Senator Orrin Hatch

The Human Rights Campaign shines the spotlight on LGBT Youth in Salt Lake City

Dan Nailen gets us ready for a weekend filled with music and visual art

And Carl Wimmer returns from Nevada unemployed.

This is your KUER Newspod for Friday June 8, 2012




9:36 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Dan Nailen: Grungy to Gracious

Pilar Pobil

KUER entertainment reporter Dan Nailen is comfortable in any crowd, and he's proving it this weekend.  He's talking with KUER's Dan Bammes.

Dan Nailen's entertainment website slcene.com


11:13 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Liljenquist Stages Mock Debate Without Hatch

Dan Liljenquist debates video clips of Senator Orrin Hatch in a mock debate.
Terry Gildea


Republican Dan Liljenquist vented his frustration last night over the fact that Senator Orrin Hatch will not debate him multiple times before the June 26th Primary. Hatch has agreed to one radio debate before then, but the  former state senator held a mock debate anyway without the incumbent present. 

Liljenquist was unapologetic about holding the event where he debated pre-selected video clips of Senator Hatch on policy issues.  He said the incumbent’s refusal to engage in more than one debate between now and the election won’t stop him from getting his message out.

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Election 2012
3:06 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

In Utah, GOP House Candidate Out To Make History

Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love speaks at the Republican state convention April 21 in Sandy, Utah.
Leah Hogsten The Salt Lake Tribune via AP

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 8:43 am

A small-town mayor in Utah is trying to make congressional history.

Mia Love wants to become the first black Republican woman in the U.S. House of Representatives. If elected, she vows to bring conservative principles to the Congressional Black Caucus.

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