Tom Williams

Program Director, Host Access Utah

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996.  He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.)  He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah” and “Opera Saturday.”  He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.

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Access Utah
12:01 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Utah Women Lawmakers on AU Wednesday

Women make up approximately half of Utah's population, and yet there are no women in Congress who represent Utah. A bi-partisan group called Real Women Run is encouraging women to run for elective offices, and on Access Utah today, Tom Williams discusses the organization and training workshop, as well as having women in public office. 

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Access Utah
3:46 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Author Ann Packer on AU Tuesday

Our guest for the hour today is Ann Packer, author of 2 national best-selling novels, Songs Without Words (2007) and The Dive from Clausen’s Pier (2002). She has a new collection of short stories out, Swim Back to Me, just in time for her appearance at the Sundance Author Series on May 19.

Burn, an Energy Journal
9:17 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Burn: An Energy Journal Airs During UPR Presents

BURN is the groundbreaking new series from The Public Radio Energy Project and hosted by veteran journalist and master storyteller  Alex Chadwick, who is on a mission to begin a conversation we hope will start our nation on the road to a better energy future.

BURN is a 4-part documentary series. Parts 1 and 2 air in spring 2012. Parts 3 and 4 air in fall 2012.

Part 1: Particles: Nuclear Power After Fukushima

Access Utah
2:08 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Preparing for Primaries -- All About Voting in Utah on AU Thursday

UPR is featuring periodic programs on voting and the political process as we move toward Election Day 2012.

Thursday on Access Utah we’ll check in on the candidates and the issues, looking back on the political conventions and looking ahead to the primary election.

Our guests will include state Democratic party chairman Jim Dabakis and state Republican party chairman Thomas Wright, Deseret News columnists Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb, and University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers.

Access Utah
7:23 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

The Remarkable Story of "Mother George" on AU Wednesday

Tom Williams talks to Lee G. Cantwell about his book Mother George, the Midwife Who Shocked Grays Lake.

Cantwell's book is historical fiction based on the amazing factual story of a black midwife who practiced her art in southeastern Idaho for 40 years and died around 1919. When Mother George died, the women who were dressing her for burial discovered she was a man.

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Access Utah
4:06 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Access Utah Joins the National Discussion on Bullying

We participate in an ongoing national discussion on bullying today. A young man in Iowa, Kenneth Weishuhn, recently committed suicide after he was bullied when he came out as gay. The Sioux City Journal responded by devoting its front page to an editorial headlined “We must stop bullying. It starts here. And it starts now.”  The editorial board said: “We are all to blame. We have not done enough. Not nearly enough.”

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Access Utah
1:15 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

AU Thursday - Live from the Milford Renewable Energy Fair

Access Utah is broadcasting live Thursday from the Milford Renewable Energy Fair, sponsored by the Southwest Utah Renewable Energy Center (SUTREC).

As the home of First Wind's Milford Wind Project, the Blundell Geothermal Plant, the Cyrq Energy Geothermal plant and Utah's first hydroelectric power plant, Beaver County and the City of Milford is at the center of Utah's renewable energy industry.

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Access Utah
5:59 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Freedom Writers Founder Erin Gruwell on AU Wednesday

Erin Gruwell has earned an award-winning reputation for her steadfast commitment to the future of education. She's the founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation, where she currently teaches teachers around the country how to implement her innovative lesson plans into their own classrooms, and the author of The Freedom Writers Diary and The Freedom Writers Diary: Teacher's Guide. She's Tom Williams' guest on Access Utah Wednesday.

Access Utah
4:19 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

What do Muslims Really Think? The Answer on AU Tuesday

What do the billion Muslims across the world really think? Our guest on Access Utah Tuesday has distilled the most in-depth study of its kind -- Gallup's Survey of the Muslim World -- into an answer.

Ahmed Younis is a Senior Analyst with the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. He joins us for a conversation in anticipation of a lecture he will give Tuesday evening, April 24, at 6:00 p.m. at Utah State University: "Who Really Speaks for the Muslim World?"

Access Utah
4:12 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Financial and Cyber Security on AU Thursday

Governor Herbert has called for a security audit of the state’s data systems following the loss (by hacking) of Medicaid data. In the second half of Thursday’s Access Utah our computer expert Jonathan Choate (from New Dawn Technologies) and Wayne Varga of Ecenturion  and former Head of Network Security for the SLC Olympics will tell us how secure our information is out there in cyberspace and how we can protect ourselves.

In the first half of the program, Keith Woodwell from the Utah Division of Securities will help us avoid getting taken in a scam. 

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