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 number of local faith leaders joined Equality Utah in prayer and song Wednesday at the state capitol and to speak against a statewide proposal they say would codify discrimination against LGBT people.

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Negotiations continue with Utah House and Senate leaders on legislation that protects the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Utahns while safeguarding individual religious beliefs.

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Derek Kitchen, one of the plaintiff’s in Utah’s high-profile same-sex marriage case officially announced Tuesday he’s running for a seat on the Salt Lake City Council.

The Utah Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that would encourage high school students to graduate early.

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A team of education experts charged with reviewing the Common Core has determined the math and English language standards are an improvement over Utah’s previous standards and will likely advance the quality of public education in the state.

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A group of professional urban designers and architects are meeting this week to lay out plans to redesign Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Park.

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A bill passed the Utah House today that would restrict political candidates from accepting anonymous campaign donations. 

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams promised a “responsive” government in his annual state of the county address Tuesday morning.

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State lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the Utah Attorney General to appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court to settle the longstanding argument over who owns Utah’s public lands.

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Utah lawmakers are hashing out a plan to enact state-wide protections for LGBT people in employment and housing, while protecting religious liberty. The two ideas may be combined into one piece of legislation.

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The Salt Lake County health department is handing out thousands of free public transit passes to Salt Lake County residents. They hope the effort will get more people on buses and trains and out of personal vehicles that contribute to air pollution.

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Lehi Republican Representative Jake Anderegg wants to give public officials the right to refuse to officiate same-sex marriages if they object for religious reasons.

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A bill that would require Utah students to pass an American civics test in order to graduate high school advanced in committee Tuesday afternoon.

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Utah State Lawmakers will be working through a long list of pressing issues in the next 45 days of the 2015 legislative session including Medicaid expansion, the relocation of the state prison and a state-wide anti-discrimination bill.


Salt Lake City is poised to introduce new housing options for the city’s most needy residents.

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West Valley City Police Chief Lee Russo is ready to revive the departments defunct Neighborhood Narcotics Unit. But it’s a brand new crew of investigators with a new name and a new mission.

Police have released a video capturing the officer-involved shooting that took place in Draper Wednesday morning.  34-year-old Jeffrey Nielson was shot and killed after he broke free from the custody of police officers who were arresting him on drug possession.

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Draper police have identified the 34-year-old Sandy man who was shot and killed Wednesday morning by a West Valley City Police Officer.

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A new plan for more affordable housing downtown was among the topics Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker highlighted Wednesday morning during his annual state of the city address.

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Salt Lake City’s 20-year blueprint for expanding and redesigning bikeways and pedestrian walkways is up for review this week. Transportation officials will unveil the draft master plan to the city’s planning commission.

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Dozens of people gathered at the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building Saturday afternoon to voice concern over the death of James Dudley Barker, an Avenues man who was shot by a Salt Lake City Police Officer on Thursday.

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An Avenues man is dead and a Salt Lake City Police Officer is on paid administrative leave with injuries after an altercation Thursday. Police say 42-year-old James Barker attacked the police officer with a snow shovel and was then shot and killed by officer.

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The Utah Board of Education received a first draft Thursday of the state’s new science education standards for grades 6-8. But they won’t be implemented for another three years.

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Former House Speaker Becky Lockhart is critically ill with an unknown condition. 

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A Utah state lawmaker wants to keep the state prison in Draper even though he voted for moving it.

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Newly-elected Salt Lake County officials were sworn into office Monday morning.

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If you’re looking for a more grown-up experience to ring in the new year, but still want to be near the family-friendly EVE celebration, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art is mixing local cocktails and art for its Hops & Spirits VIP Experience tonight.

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Arctic winds spilling into northern Utah overnight are dissipating as they travel south to central Utah. But as the wind dies down, freezing temperatures continue.

Mike Siemen is a meteorologist with the national weather service in Salt Lake City. He says the easterly winds will continue into the evening, dying down around midnight, with wind-chill values expected to dip to -13 degrees.

“Tomorrow looks dry, not nearly as windy, but still quite cold with temperatures struggling to make it to the 20 degree mark along the Wasatch Front,” Siemen says.

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Salt Lake City Police are asking the public for help finding the person or people responsible for vandalizing a Roman Catholic high school and church over the weekend.

Officers responded on Sunday afternoon to reports of vandalism at Judge Memorial High School as well as Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church just south of it.  When they arrived, Police Sgt. Robin Heiden says there was spray paint on large areas of both buildings that included anti-religious phrases, swear words, an upside down cross and the words West High.

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Whether you’re seeing it because you want a good laugh this Christmas or because you want to support free expression, there are a handful of venues in Utah to catch the controversial film The Interview tomorrow.

In downtown Salt Lake City, Brewvies film consultant Norman Chesler said the movie house and bar jumped on the chance to bring the film to customers Christmas Day.

“We have customer’s we’ve dealt with for years and we want to make sure they’re happy with what we do,” Chesler says.