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.

Hatch’s dismissal of hush money payments; Utah’s homelessness data; and, Salt Lake’s dwindling Mormon population

Outgoing Sen. Orrin Hatch dismisses court documents implicating President Donald Trump in illegal hush money payments during the 2016 campaign. Hatch also gives a farewell speech on the Senate floor, calling it a legislative body in “crisis.” Meanwhile, an audit shows Utah doesn’t have a good grasp on data relating to homelessness. And records from the Church […]

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Stewart’s defense of Trump, medical marijuana law replacement and candidates show for vacant county mayor seat

Rep. Chris Stewart defends President Trump’s comments on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying “journalists disappear” everywhere.  Also, activists are suing the state, after the Utah Legislature passes a medical marijuana law that replaces the ballot measure passed in the midterm elections. And with two years left in the mayoral term of Rep.-elect Ben McAdams, candidates come forward […]

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Medical cannabis hearing, the Inland Port and Sen. Mike Lee v. the Mueller investigation

Lawmakers hear from the public on the Utah Cannabis Act, which will be put to a vote during a special session of the state legislature. Also, an Inland Port watchdog criticizes the naming of oil and gas advocates to a new technical committee. And Sen. Mike Lee blocks a bipartisan attempt to protect the special […]

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Rep. Mia Love sues, jail deaths, Salt Lake City’s Olympics pitch and more

Rep. Mia Love’s campaign sues to stop counting ballots in Salt Lake County, while the margin in the 4th congressional district race turns razor-thin. Seventy-one incarcerated people died in Utah jails in the past five years. And Salt Lake City jockeys to host another winter Olympics. At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Jessica Miller and Chris Kamrani, government […]

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The future of this year’s ballot initiatives, Utah County voting woes, and more

The dust is settling after the 2018 midterm elections. What does the future hold for the citizen ballot initiatives that passed? Plus, President Donald Trump lashes out at Rep. Mia Love. And Utah remembers North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor, who was killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan. At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake Tribune […]

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