From its politics to its public lands to polygamy, Utah has always been fertile ground for news.

KCPW and The Salt Lake Tribune present 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.

A rotating panel of the state’s top journalists – including columnist Robert Gehrke, Senior Managing Editor Matt Canham, reporters Erin Alberty, Brian Maffly and others – join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about what’s happening in the Beehive State along with the hows and whys.

Listeners can join the discussion by posting questions and comments at sltrib.com or calling (801) 355-TALK. Behind the Headlines airs Fridays from 9-10 a.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m. on KCPW. Streaming audio is available as well as podcasts on both www.kcpw.org and www.sltrib.com.

New report on Lauren McCluskey evidence photos, protester charges called ‘excessive,’ Tribune editor resigns

Days before student-athlete Lauren McCluskey was killed, aUniversity of Utah police officer showed off explicit photos that McCluskey had taken of herself to at least three of his male co-workers without a work-related reason, according to a monthslong investigation from the Utah Department of Public Safety. The state’s final report reinforces and expands on The […]

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The backlash over the president’s election-delay tweet, and demands to keep schools closed this fall

Utah officials adamantly rejected a proposal floated Thursday by President Donald Trump to delay the presidential election. Elected officials widely panned the tweet from the president, saying it was unnecessary while applauding the state’s vote-by-mail system. The state’s largest teachers union is calling on Gov. Gary Herbert to keep Utah schools closed this fall — […]

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Masks in schools and the long-term effects of COVID-19

Protesters crashed a Utah County Commission meeting in a bid to prevent a state mask mandate in schools. The protest was one of two Wednesday as the state is still grappling with how to open schools in the midst of the pandemic. On Thursday’s weekly COVID news conference, Gov. Gary Herbert announced a change to […]

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Recapping the Palacios-Carbajal shooting ruling and coronavirus in Utah

The Salt Lake County district attorney announced that two police officers were legally justified when they fired more than 20 shots at Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal and killed him in May. The district attorney said the actions of the officer were “reasonable” and met the legal parameters to use deadly force. Utah law states that a police […]

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Primary elections, the Utah County businesses involved in a COVID-19 outbreak, and the return of sports

 This week in Utah news: Spencer Cox’s lead over Jon Huntsman grows in the race for Utah governor, as ballots are slowly counted amid precautions of the coronavirus pandemic. We’ll give a full recap of Tuesday’s primary election. New documents released by Utah County this week after a public records fight identify the two businesses […]

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