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: Gay rights, SLC mayor’s race, tar sands arrests (7/25/14)

Sen. Orrin Hatch wants a religious exemption to President Obama’s executive order extending LGBT workplace protections to federal contractors. Gov. Gary Herbert chimes in on the border crisis. Activists protesting against tar sands development in Uintah County are arrested. And the 2015 race for Salt Lake City mayor is on. On Friday at 9 a.m., Tribune reporters Matt Canham and Christopher Smart, as […]

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7/18/14 Behind the Headlines: Long AG Investigation Leads to Arrests; Herbert Seeks Review of Education Standards

Former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow were arrested on Tuesday morning, and now face a number of charges ranging from bribery to obstruction of justice. Also, governor Gary Herbert calls for a reexamination of Common Core education standards and asks the public to weigh in. Plus a Board of Education vote on whether […]

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7/11/14: Shurtleff texts, immigration reform, Jordan District split

Text exchanges between former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and a former aide highlight ethical differences. A new poll shows Utahns want immigration reform this year. Local leaders worry aboutSouth Jordan leaving the Jordan School District. And thousands respond to a survey asking for feedback on daylight saving time. On Friday at 9 a.m., Tribune reporters Robert Gehrke and Lisa Schencker, assistant managing […]

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7/4/14: KCPW to air “Groundwork: Democracy Close to Home” in place of Behind the Headlines for holiday weekend

Due to the holiday, there will be no Behind the Headlines this week.  We will air “Groundwork:  Democracy Close to Home,” A timely one-hour special, hosted by NPR’s Scott Simon, that tells stories of American democracy at the local level. We listen in as people wrestle with issues alongside — and in opposition to — their neighbors. […]

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6/27/14: Gay marriage win, Kate Kelly loss and a dog shooting

Utah’s same-sex marriage ban takes another hit, this time from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. TheLDS excommunicates a leading voice in the push for women’s priesthood ordination. Utah’s governorwill seek another term. And a Salt Lake City police officer shoots a dog, sparking outrage. On Friday at 9 a.m., Tribune reporters Jessica Miller, Kristen Moulton and Matt Canham […]

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