From its politics to its public lands to polygamy, Utah has always been fertile ground for news.
Here on KCPW, The Salt Lake Tribune presents a fresh way for Utahns to process the headlines. Behind the Headlines, a live weekly broadcast, examines the week’s top local stories through the eyes of reporters on the beat.

headshot2013Salt Lake Tribune reporter Jennifer Napier-Pearce and a rotating panel of the state’s top journalists – including columnist Paul Rolly, Washington correspondent Matt Canham, Trib reporter Kathy Stephenson and others – will talk about what’s happening in the Beehive State along with the hows and whys.

Listeners can join the discussion by sending questions to #TribTalk on Twitter, Google+, commenting on or calling (801) 355-TALK. Behind the Headlines airs Fridays from 9-10 a.m. and Sundays at 8 a.m. on KCPW. Streaming audio is available as well as podcasts on both and

Behind the Headlines: Chief Burbank lands in the hot seat, Healthy Utah gets fed nod (10/24/14)

Salt Lake City Councilmembers want answers on officer-involved shootings and rape kits. The governor’s agreement with the feds on his Medicaid alternative is a done deal. And the LDS Church lays out more details on its polygamous past. On Friday at 9 a.m., Tribune reporters Peggy Fletcher Stack, Lee Davidson and Christopher Smart, and education and health editor Rebecca Walsh […]

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Behind the Headlines: Feminist threatened, Love/Owens debate, auditors scold GOED (10/17/14)

Threats to feminist video game critic Anita Sarkeesian spark questions about campus security and free speech at Utah State University. Candidates in the 4th Congressional District spar on student loans and immigration. State auditors ding the Governor’s Office of Economic Development on oversight of an incentive program to draw business to the state. And former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff wants […]

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Behind the Headlines: Gay marriage, Common Core and Election 2014

Same-sex marriage once again becomes a legal reality in Utah. The state was within its rights to adopt  Common Core standards, a legal review finds. And the major party candidates in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District mix it up over executive power. On Friday at 9 a.m., Tribune columnist Paul Rolly and reporters Matt Canham, Marissa Lang and Benjamin Wood […]

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Behind the Headlines: Cop cleared in Dillon Taylor shooting, AG candidates wrangle over same-sex marriage case (10/3/14)

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says the officer-involved shooting of Dillon Taylor was justified. Incumbent Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and Democrat Charles Stormont tussle over the state’s defense of Amendment 3. Dozens of witnesses could be called in the trials of former AG Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow. Critics decry the state’s […]

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Behind the Headlines: Debates, Vail and the Zion Curtain (9/26/14)

Election 2014 debates kick off with matches between Donna McAleer and Rep. Rob Bishop, Luz Robles and Rep. Chris Stewart, and Mia Love and Doug Owens, sort of. Vail announces a plan to create the nation’s largest ski resort. And a key figure in Utah liquor laws regrets not making the so-called Zion Curtain universal. […]

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