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: Firing squads return, Stericyle could burn more, Dabakis may run, Google is coming to SLC (03/27/15)

Firing squads return as an option for inmates on Utah’s Death Row. Stericycle plans to burn even more medical waste at a proposed Tooele County plant. State Superintendent Brad Smith apologizes for negative comment about teachers. Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, mulls a runfor Salt Lake City Mayor. And Google welcomes Salt Lake City […]

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Behind the Headlines: Stillbirths, immigration and the flap over moving the Utah prison (03/20/15)

Greg Miller steps down as CEO of the Utah Jazz. A study reveals a spike in infant deaths in the Uinta Basin, but not the cause. An immigration expert says the Utah Compact continues to be a model for the nation. And Salt Lake City mayoral candidates mix it up over a possible financial silver […]

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Behind the Headlines: 2015 Utah legislature wraps up (03/13/15)

Between the contentious Medicaid debate, the return of the firing squad, a close vote on medical marijuana and landmark legislation on LGBT rights and religious freedoms, the 2015 Utah Legislature certainly made history. On Friday at 9 a.m., Tribune senior political reporter Robert Gehrke, justice reporter Jennifer Dobner, investigative reporter Matt Canham and health, education […]

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Behind the Headlines: House rejects Healthy Utah, anti-bias bill clears first hurdle, committee OKs medical marijuana (03/06/15)

A House committee voted down Healthy Utah, but sent an alternative plan to the full House. A “model” anti-LGBT discrimination and religious liberty bill crafted by the LDS church and LGBT advocates got unanimous support from a Senate committee. And medical marijuana survived a 16-13 Senate vote to advance for full Senate consideration. On Friday […]

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Behind the Headlines: Medical marijuana clears Senate committee, Healthy Utah stalls, golf course closures (02/27/15)

After making it through the Senate, Gov. Gary Herbert’s Medicaid expansion proposal likely won’t get debated in the House. Utah’s first medical marijuana bill clears a committee hurdle and now moves on to the full Senate. The Pioneer Park Coalition loses another member. And the Salt Lake City Council unveils its golf course closure plan. […]

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