Matt Jensen

News Coordinator, Host All Things Considered

Matt started at UPR in 2007 as a student announcer for the Sunday evening shift. A year later he graduated from Utah State University with a degree in broadcast journalism. He spent five years at The Herald Journal covering crime, courts and public safety news. He rejoined the UPR staff in 2013 as a news coordinator and host for All Things Considered.


Utah News
3:15 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Update: Utah National Guard mission to fight Colo. wildfires canceled


A Utah National Guard official confirmed Friday afternoon that the mission to deploy helicopters and personnel to help fight wildfires in Colorado has been canceled.

Capt. Chris Foote says the mission was called for when Colorado activated an agreement between the states to share resources.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Gary Herbert's office did not immediately have details about the change in plans.

Herbert's office originally told reports it was sending units from the Utah National Guard to help fight raging wildfires in Colorado.

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Southern Utah News
5:32 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

St. George in talks to mend hillside gash

This Google Earth image shows the eastern side of Black Hill with its excavation marks for a residential project that was never completed.
Credit Google

Some residents in St. George are tired of seeing the scars of haphazard development, and are looking for ways to mend a giant gash in one of the city’s hillsides. Matt Jensen reports.

St. George – famous for its year-round sunshine and towering red rock buttes – is in talks about how to cover the dark red slash on Black Hill, next to the iconic white-washed letter “D.”

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Utah news
3:13 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Feds say it's time to delist gray wolf

A gray wolf
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Federal wildlife officials are calling the decades-long gray wolf recovery plan a success. On Friday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed removing the gray wolf from the list of threatened and endangered species.

Recovery efforts began more than 30 years ago. In the 1990s, the animals were reintroduced into the Northern Rockies and in parts of Wyoming and Montana. Since then, populations have recovered and the agency says it’s time to focus resources on something else.

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Utah Legislature
4:30 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Hair braiding and cosmetology bill signed into law

Cosmetology student Keylee Parks cuts the hair of Brady Case at New Horizons Beauty College on Tuesday.
Credit Matt Jensen

A new state law changes the requirements for becoming a cosmetologist and loosens the rules on professional hair styling in Utah. UPR’s Matt Jensen reports.

“If you enroll in beauty school in Utah, there’s a lot to learn. Students at New Horizons Beauty College in Logan undergo 2,000 hours of training to learn how to cut, curl and color. Plus there’s manicures, pedicures, chemical treatments, facials, skin care and the list goes on. Overall it takes about a year for a full-time student to complete the curriculum.

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Utah Transportation
3:23 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Road work in Logan, Box Elder County starts Monday

UDOT crews install steel dowels between concrete joints.

The state’s transportation department is gearing up for two major road projects in Cache and Box Elder counties.

Beginning Monday, June 3, UDOT will begin a concrete rehabilitation project on a 15-mile stretch of Interstate 15 in Box Elder County between Riverside and the Idaho state line.

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Utah Arts
3:06 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Report: Arts employ thousands in Utah

The Ellen Eccles Theatre in Logan
Credit Cache Valley Center for the Arts

A new report by a national arts organization says the creative industries in Utah employ nearly 30,000 people and account for roughly 5 percent of all businesses in the state. UPR’s Matt Jensen has more.

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Utah Agriculture
3:03 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Cache canal projects near completion

A new point of diversion for the Logan-Hyde Park-Smithfield Canal has been constructed in Logan Canyon.
Credit Cache Water Restoration Project
  • Water is restored to canal shareholders.

A major public works project in Northern Utah reached a milestone on Wednesday. Representatives of the Cache Water Restoration Project say water has been restored to all shareholders along a series of canals in Cache County. UPR's Matt Jensen reports.

"Residents here will remember the fatal landslide in 2009 that killed three people living in a home below an irrigation canal that hugged a steep hillside in Logan.

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Utah Science
4:55 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

USU paleontologist helps discover ancient reptile

A flattened skull of a Megacephalosaurus eulerti as seen at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History.

A Utah State University paleontologist is part of a team of scientists credited with discovering a new species of prehistoric marine reptile. UPR’s Matt Jensen reports.

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Utah Veterans
2:51 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Remembering our fallen

Cadets of the Civil Air Patrol, Cache Wing, stand at attention Monday at the North Logan Cemetery.
Matt Jensen

A distinguished military figure shared some insight on Monday's Memorial Day holiday about what a decade of military action has meant to the men and women serving in today’s armed forces. UPR’s Matt Jensen reports.

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Utah Travel and Culture
2:26 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Country mag picks Canyonlands NP for top-ten list

An image of Canyonlands National Park appears on the cover of the June/July edition of "Country" magazine.
Credit Country Magazine

A popular U.S. lifestyle magazine highlights Utah’s Canyonlands National Park among the nation’s best, off-the-beaten-path summer destinations. UPR’s Matt Jensen reports.

“The June/July issue of "Country" – a magazine covering the "land and life we love" – includes a 32-page section on the hidden gems of the National Park system. Country senior editor John Burlingham says the list includes mostly lesser-known parks, chosen for their dramatic visual impact and low traffic.

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