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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A new Salt Lake County ordinance prohibits pet stores in the unincorporated county from selling dogs, cats or rabbits. The animals must now be purchased at a shelter. The county council voted 6 to 1 in favor of the ordinance Tuesday night. Councilman Arlyn Bradshaw says it’s aimed at putting an end to puppy mills. The new rule was his idea. 

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Several Salt Lake County elected officials spoke out in support of Salt Lake City Mayor Candidate Jackie Biskupski Tuesday. They say Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker’s campaign is unfairly attacking her personal attributes.

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Three native Utahns have been called to serve in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the appointments on Saturday during the Church’s semiannual General Conference. 

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Officials with Crossroads Urban Center have a plan to advance the fight against homelessness and drug trafficking in the downtown area. It begins with a $30 million dollar Salt Lake City bond proposal. 

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Lawmakers who sit on the legislative committee tasked with prioritizing funding for Utah public colleges and universities asked higher education officials Wednesday why a proposed 2.5% tuition increase is necessary.

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Three accountability reports released Tuesday show Utah schools are seeing higher test scores and graduation rates and getting better overall grades on school report cards. It’s the first year officials were able to compare student performance over consecutive years using the same tests.

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Jackie Biskupski wants to make Salt Lake City a more friendly place to do business. The mayoral candidate unveiled her economic development plan on Tuesday.

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Local labor union leaders came out in support of Jackie Biskupski for Salt Lake City Mayor this morning. Many complained of not getting enough face time with current Mayor Ralph Becker.

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Law enforcement officials from across the state gathered in West Valley City this week to share experiences and best practices in how they handle criminal investigations. The third annual Utah Violent Crimes conference put a spotlight on the recent proliferation of body cameras in police work.

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Ride-share company Lyft is now authorized to legally deliver passengers to the Salt Lake International Airport.


The Nature Conservancy has a new tool to combat invasive plants on marshes along the Great Salt Lake.

The Salt Lake City Mission’s annual birthday celebration for the homeless and outreach event drew thousands of people to Pioneer Park Monday.

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Salt Lake City is getting in on the rain barrel craze. They’re offering barrels to water customers, hoping it will increase participation in the city’s existing conservation efforts.

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Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says after some reflection he regrets the way he handled the resignation of former Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank earlier this summer.

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Local businesses and apartment complexes in Salt Lake City may soon be required to recycle. The city council is taking a look at the issue next week.

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Salt Lake City School District Superintendent McKell Withers is leaving his post at the end of this school year, but says he will continue advocating for teachers, students and their families.

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A Utah lawmaker is working on a plan to address one of the largest education achievement gaps in the state. Native Americans here perform worse than any other racial or ethnic group.

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Volunteers of America began construction today on a youth homeless shelter in Salt Lake City. 

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Salt Lake City is poised to sell the old public safety building to a developer willing to create a mix of housing and commercial space. They also want to preserve the buildings historic significance. 

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Two Utah Charter School are closed after the State Charter School Board determined they had a mix of budget problems, teacher credential issues and poor academic scores. 

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is investigating the Salt Lake City School District for alleged racial discrimination against students of color.


There will be no bond measure to expand outdoor recreation in Salt Lake City. The city council failed to garner enough votes at last night’s meeting to put the measure on the November election ballot.

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Utah Lawmakers will vote Wednesday to confirm the Prison Relocation Commission’s recommendation to build a new state prison near the Salt Lake International airport. But elected officials on the city’s west side aren’t giving up efforts stop the move.

Salt Lake City officials are exploring options for how to fight back on the decision to relocate the state prison to the city’s west side, but a lawsuit may be the only option.

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Salt Lake City officials are reviewing the city’s official policy on political activity with employees after the mayor’s spokesperson was demoted for posting political comments to the Salt Lake Tribune’s website from a city computer.

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Salt Lake City Councilman Luke Garrott has filed a complaint against Mayor Ralph Becker’s reelection team for allegedly violating election laws. Becker’s camp denies the accusations.

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The race for Salt Lake City Council district 4 has a clear frontrunner after Tuesday’s primary election, but who the second candidate will be on the general election ballot is still undecided. 

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Jackie Biskupski will take on Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker in this year’s general election. At last check, the former state legislator captured 46 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary.

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Salt Lake City has already surpassed 30 percent voter turnout for this year’s August 11th primary election, which includes a hotly contested mayor’s race and one city council race. The deadline to postmark mail-in ballots is today.

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The Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind has cut ties with Utah State University’s early education program for children with hearing loss. And parents of students who attend the program say the split is a huge setback for their children.