Jennifer Pemberton

Reporter / Commentator

Jennifer Pemberton produces a monthly commentary series called Radio Calendar for UPR and can sometimes be heard hosting Morning Edition or anchoring the 5:30 Utah News. She produced our special series on Utah water, Five Billion Gallons, and manages our community engagement reporting project on air pollution in Cache County: Having a Bad Air Day?

She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama and an MBA from Lund University in Sweden. A former ex-patriate living in Europe and Asia, Jennifer is happy to call the West home again. She is a fervent public radio fan and loves to hike in the summer and knit through the winter.


UPR Station News
4:01 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

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Brigham City
3:02 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Brigham City Temple Opens Doors to Reveal No Secrets

The Celestial Room inside the new Brigham City Temple.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Correction: On August 31, 2012, we erroneously reported that the Brigham City temple would help take some of the pressure off the nearby Logan and Pocatello temples. There is no LDS temple currently in Pocatello. The corrected version of the story is below:

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Utah News
9:42 am
Wed August 22, 2012

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Democratic Friend, Jim Matheson

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it’s sticking with its friends this election, and Democratic Utah Congressman Jim Matheson is one of them. Matheson received the chamber’s endorsement at the Grand America Hotel Tuesday morning.

Rob Engstrom, its national political director, says endorsements are based on voting records: “If you’re an incumbent member and you vote with the U.S. Chamber 70% of the time at a minimum, you’re automatically endorsed. In this case Matheson is nearly 80% with us.”

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5:30 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Some Fresh Air Will Do You Some Good

Enjoying the fresh indoors at the UPR studio in Logan.
Mackinzie Hamilton

Jennifer is determined to escape Utah's bad air through a good old-fashioned health holiday -- if only in her mind.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
3:00 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Think Obama Got the Message?

This message to President Obama in Western Colorado occupies an acre. Each letter is 30 feet from top to bottom and the entire message is about 360 feet long, equal to the height of a 36 story building.

When President Obama flew over Western Colorado yesterday on his way to Grand Junction in Air Force One, he was greeted by a giant message carved into a nearby field.

The message was designed by world-renowned crop artist Stan Herd and is a project of Protect the Flows, a coalition of more than 500 Western businesses that depend on the river. It occupies about one acre, each letter is 30 feet from top to bottom and the entire message is about 360 feet long, equal to the height of a 36 story building.

12:06 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

This is the Place: My First Pioneer Day

Jennifer admits that Wallace Stegner's Mormon Country somehow led her to move to Utah.

Even though Jennifer's ancestors came to Ellis Island from Greece and England, then West in a station wagon in the 1960s, she shares how Utah's history of pioneers is one that resonates. 


"The story of the settling of Utah by the Mormons, though, is one of the greatest stories in American history. Really. It's mind blowing. It is an amazing immigration, a diaspora, a vision, an epic adventure."


Utah News
5:44 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

New First-of-Its Kind Shooting Ban Takes Effect Today

State Forester Dick Buehler announced the addition of an interactive fire restriction map to

State Forester Dick Buehler  says a ban on target shooting to take effect on Wednesday is the first-ever of its kind.
The ban covers specific target shooting sites on public or private land in Cache, Davis, Summit, and Utah Counties.

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Night Sky
5:16 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Shining Trio this Weekend - Venus, Jupiter, and a Crescent Moon

Utah's Solar System Ambassador warns of beautiful cosmic triangle of light coming our way this weekend.

Clear skies over Utah this summer have meant hot days and little rainfall, but on the bright side, summer stargazing has been especially delightful.

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Utah News
4:27 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

"Feed the Animals" by Donating to Livestock Affected by Burned Rangeland

The extensive rangeland that has been destroyed by Utah wildfires this summer has prompted the creation of the "Feed the Animals" fund.

After receiving numerous requests for help from livestock owners, Governor Herbert and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food have announced a emergency program called "Feed the Animals."

Donations made to the program will be used to purchase food and other animals needs for livestock whose rangeland has been destroyed by the unprecedented string of wildfires burning in the state. UDAF Commissioner, Leonard Blackham, estimates that 20,000 head of sheep and cattle have lost their food source in the past week.

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4:09 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Cache County Firework Restrictions for Incorporated Areas

Firework restriction map from

Last week, Governor Herbert announced a ban on fireworks in unincorporated areas of Utah and left it up to cities to regulate their communities.

In Cache Valley, authorities have declared restrictions on specific areas in the cities of Logan, Providence, North Logan, Hyde Park, River Heights, Smithfield, Richmond, Hyrum, Millville, Nibley, Wellsville, Paradise, and Lewiston. The boundaries of these restricted areas are described here.

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