Whittney Evans


Whittney Evans grew up southern Ohio and has worked in public radio since 2005. She has a communications degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, where she learned the ropes of reporting, producing and hosting. Whittney moved to Utah in 2009 where she became a reporter, producer and morning host at KCPW. Her reporting ranges from the hyper-local issues affecting Salt Lake City residents, to state-wide issues of national interest. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the guitar and getting to know the breathtaking landscape of the Mountain West. 

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Utah Republicans are typically in lock-step with Republican presidential nominees -think Mitt Romney in 2012. But this year Donald Trump has divided Republicans in the state.  

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Brigham Young University will no longer investigate alleged victims of sexual assault for violating the schools strict code of conduct. The school announced Wednesday, it’s changing its policies.

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As Utah voters cast their ballots for Governor this year, one issue in particular will be on their minds regardless of their party affiliation and that is education. Incumbent Gary Herbert is proud of how much new money he’s put into the state’s education system. But large class sizes and low teacher salaries persist in Utah. Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Mike Weinholtz says he can change that.

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LGBT rights groups are suing the Utah School Board over the state’s so-called “No Promo Homo” law. It restricts teachers and students from talking about gay and transgender issues in school.


The Salt Lake City Council acting as the Redevelopment Agency voted Tuesday to set aside as much as $21 million for affordable housing in the city. They also found money to purchase sites for the new homeless shelters.

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Democrat Mike Weinholtz says if he is elected Governor this November, he will work to legalize medical marijuana in the state.  The announcement came Tuesday after his wife pleaded guilty to misdemeanor pot-possession charges.

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Members of the Salt Lake City Council will spend the next year considering a potential public accommodations ordinance. The move comes as the city is recognized by the Human Rights Campaign as an increasingly gay-friendly place. 

Members of the group Mormons for Trump are concerned about a trend among LDS church faithful to support third-party candidates like Evan McMullin. They say the push to “vote your conscience” is unwittingly helping to put Democrat Hillary Clinton in the White House.

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In her new memoir "Never Let Me Go", Utah attorney Nicole Lowe tells a story of the unlikely path that lead her to where she is today.


The Provo City Council voted to add a $3 per kilowatt fee to solar customers' monthly bill. Mayor John Curtis is still waiting for the legislation to cross his desk, but he plans to veto it.

Salt Lake County officials are worried that County Recorder Gary Ott may no longer be able to do his job because of health issues. But the County Council is struggling to find a mechanism that would allow them to remove him from office.

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A new report from the libertarian think tank Cato Institute gave Utah Governor Gary Herbert a “D” grade for fiscal responsibility. But Herbert’s campaign manager says a closer look at how the organization came to that conclusion tells a different story.

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Local law enforcement executed a second round of targeted arrests in Salt Lake City’s Rio Grande neighborhood today. As with the previous roundup, many of those taken into custody got to choose between jail or treatment.


Videos showing leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints discussing current events in private meetings surfaced online over the weekend. The videos were likely leaked by a current or former employee of the LDS church.

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After hours of negotiations Friday morning, Salt Lake City, County and State officials came to an agreement on the size of the city’s new homeless shelters.

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Law enforcement officials made 36 arrests Thursday morning outside the homeless shelter in downtown Salt Lake City. But for the first time, many of the suspects were given the option to choose treatment over jail time.


The new Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City is scheduled to open this fall, but first Salt Lake County has to install a so-called “Zion Ceiling” to keep alcohol in the theater’s bistro out of public view. The problem with the bistro at Eccles Theater is the area where drinks will be made doesn’t have a ceiling, so patrons on all four floors above can view the bar area.

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Utah Republican Governor Gary Herbert and Democratic challenger Mike Weinholtz faced off Monday night in the 2nd of two scheduled debates before the November election.

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State lawmakers are considering a statewide hotline for people to call if they’re thinking of committing suicide.  Supporters say Utah, which has some of the highest suicide rates in the country is desperate for a number that’s easy to remember and connects callers directly to services without delay.


Utah’s congressional delegation joined Governor Gary Herbert and Utah Navajos in Washington D.C. Wednesday for a press conference to stress local opposition to President Obama designating the Bears Ears National Monument.

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This week marks the 6th anniversary of the Patient Bill of Rights, which guaranteed people with preexisting conditions could get health insurance. Utah Democrats used the occasion to again call on Utah Republicans, who make up the majority of the state legislature, to pass full Medicaid expansion.

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Utah’s new prison is expected to give inmates a more “normative” environment than currently exists at the prison in Draper.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert and his Democratic Challenger Mike Weinholtz faced off Friday afternoon in a debate hosted by the Utah League of Cities and Towns.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert will debate Democratic challenger Mike Weinholtz Friday at an hosted by the Utah League of Cities and Towns. Herbert previously declined to participate due to a scheduling conflict.

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The Salt Lake City Council plans to pass ordinances to ensure that new homeless shelters will have minimal impact on their surrounding neighborhoods.

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City leaders and law enforcement officials are focusing efforts to curb crime and homelessness on State Street in Salt Lake City. It’s become an area where cheap motels provide a substitute for shelters and low-cost housing.

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Salt Lake City and the University of Utah are partnering to offer consumer discounts on electric vehicles. Together, they’ve negotiated prices with area car dealerships in an effort to get cleaner cars on the road.


Utah teachers aren’t required to teach students about the events that transpired on September 11th, 2001. But at least one school, South Jordan Middle School makes it a priority.


University of Utah researchers are working on a treatment for people who may suffer from depression caused in part by high altitude. Some say this helps explain why states like Utah have some of the highest suicide rates in the country.


Members of the Salt Lake City Council have doubts about a plan to build two new homeless shelters that sleep 250 people each. They say more shelters with fewer beds would better serve the homeless and the communities where they’re built.