Heart of Utah

Festival of Trees Tamra Rachol...
Amie Schaeffer

How the Festival of Trees embodies hope and healing for a domestic violence survivor

Tamra Rachol, a domestic violence survivor, views the Festival of Trees as an opportunity to bring hope and attention to important issues.
6 days ago
Leslie Edwards made a big jump from newsrooms to classrooms....
Amanda Dickson

Meet Utah teacher Leslie Edwards and hear why she left journalism for education

Leslie Edwards left the news industry to teach. From Saudi Arabia to Salt Lake City, learn more about why she ended up teaching third grade.
8 days ago
Utah history...
Elizabeth Weiler

Division of State History spreading awareness for Utah History Month in January

SALT LAKE CITY — In 2019, Utahs Division of State History created Utah History Month to draw attention to Utah’s history work happening across our state and to document and preserve that history. Utah is entering its’ 127th year of statehood next month and many Utah-culture related events and exhibits will follow according to the […]
12 months ago
Water Canyon High School footbal players stay warm using Dixie High School football teams cold weat...
Alejandro Lucero

Water Canyon football stays warm with help from school district partner

The high school's inaugural football season almost came to an end because of the snow, but strong partnerships gave them a fighting chance.
1 year ago
The very first ever Miss Volunteer America is Mapleton, Utah's own Alexa Knutzer. Photo courtesy of...
Mark Jackson

Mapleton woman crowned first-ever ‘Miss Volunteer America’

Alexa Knutzen said the name Miss Volunteer America represents the organization's new focus on women's empowerment.
2 years ago
refugees Ukraine...
Mark Jackson

Brigham City man uses time between work gigs to help refugees in Ukraine

His family says Solomon Smith is uniquely trained to bring supplies to refugees in Ukraine, after having worked in the Peace Corp in Africa.
2 years ago
Spencer Truman st george wwii veteran...
Simone Seikaly

St. George WWII veteran celebrates 100th birthday on Valentine’s Day

Spencer Truman was trained to enter combat in gliders, and fought in Operations Overlord and Market Garden, and the Battle of the Bulge.
2 years ago
afghan community fund helps refugees arriving in utah - small boy holds drawing...
Becky Bruce

Update: Afghan Community Fund raises more than a million for Utah refugees

The Afghan Community Fund collected more than $1.1 million since mid-October, though Gov. Spencer Cox acknowledged an unprecedented level of need.
2 years ago
Sarah Pugliese...
Curt Gresseth

Pandemic can’t stop Topaz Fairy on her mission to spread joy

As a special friend to abused and traumatized children across the country, the Topaz Fairy -- who is also a graduate student at the University of Utah -- was determined not to be derailed in her mission of joy by the pandemic.
2 years ago
Amber Gentry

Volunteers of America has resources for homeless youth

SALT LAKE CITY — Thousands of Utah’s homeless youth are not only facing hunger, but are experiencing homelessness. Volunteers of America is a program that aims to promote and spread awareness for the more vulnerable people in our community.   As a part of Utah Gives Back presented by Select Health, The Director of Youth […]
2 years ago
Photo of participants in  a past Youth Futures SleepOut event. Photo Credit: Youth Futures Utah...
Eliza Craig

Overnight on the asphalt (or under the stars?) – raising awareness for Utah’s homeless youth

At any one point in time in 2021, 3,565 individuals in the state of Utah were unhoused. Only 2,410 of the unhoused population were in shelters.
2 years ago
herriman high school haiti fundraiser...
Mary Richards

Herriman High student helps her native Haiti recover from earthquake

Herriman student Ashinti St Clair lived in Haiti during that country's devastating 2010 earthquake, and knows firsthand what residents need there.
2 years ago
Kyle Brown collapses after finishing the IronMan 70.3 World Championships at St. George (Lindsay Ae...
Lindsay Aerts

Utah man finishes World Championship half Ironman while dying from ALS

Kyle Brown was diagnosed with an aggressive and terminal form of ALS and vowed to complete, and finish, the Ironman World Championships. And he did.
2 years ago
Brock Miller Alopecia...
Becky Bruce

Basketball star Brock Miller launches new social campaign to help kids with alopecia

Brock Miller, the Utah State basketball star, wants to take his work and outreach with kids with alopecia to the next level.
2 years ago
Big Foot...
Heather Kelly

A Cache Valley Big Foot is missing its big head

A beloved Big Foot in Benson Utah in Cache Valley that's been used to bring some happiness and fun to the community has had its head stolen.
2 years ago
Kyle Brown and his new wife Colleen shortly after their wedding. 

(Lindsay Aerts)...
Lindsay Aerts

Utah cyclist diagnosed with aggressive ALS to compete in Ironman World Championships

An elite cyclist from Farmington is dying from an aggressive, rare form of ALS  and doctors have told him he only has 6 to 18 months to live, but that diagnosis isn't stopping him from living.
2 years ago
memorial service for 150 homeless...
Nick Wyatt

Memorial service for over 150 homeless people held in Salt Lake City

A memorial service for over 150 homeless people who died in Utah's capital city was held Tuesday night. 
2 years ago
East High School...
Paul Nelson and Colby Walker

East High School custodian connects with students for four decades

SALT LAKE CITY – Most people can probably look back on their school years and remember a teacher or a counselor who had a profound impact on our lives. But, how many of us can say that about our high school custodian? Students who’ve attended school in Salt Lake City School District can say that […]
2 years ago
firefighters at the maverik center...
Mary Richards

Third group of Utah firefighters deploys out of state to help fight fires

A group of 22 firefighters from around Utah left early Thursday morning to help Montana with their wildfires -- the third Utah group to leave this summer.
2 years ago
utah climber wins silver...
Mark Jones and Becky Bruce

Coach responds to Utah climber winning Olympic silver

Nathaniel Coleman, a climber from Murray, Utah, won silver in the men's combined final of sport climbing Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021 at the Tokyo Olympics.
2 years ago
Photo: Tim Hughes...
Tim Hughes

KSL Outdoors: The Secret of Sam Durst

As Sam Durst and his family helped Sam make a dream come true, some of the KSL Newsradio team joined them for an emotional experience.
2 years ago
Art Heals: The Jingle Dress Project (Eugene Tapahe)...
Colby Walker and Mary Richards

Navajo photographer brings Jingle Dress Project and dance of healing around the country

A Navajo photographer and four dancers took their Jingle Dress Project across the country from place to place, performing a special dance of healing.
2 years ago
Winsten Asif sits in his Taylorsville restaurant Greek House, Wednesday June 16, 2021.

(Colby Walk...
Mary Richards

Heart of Utah: Pakistani refugee living the American Dream

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — Winsten Asif, a Pakistani immigrant and refugee living in Utah, says people constantly ask him why he started a Greek food restaurant.  “They always ask me, ‘You’re Pakistani, why are you cooking Greek food?'” he said. But for Asif, it’s all a part of his American Dream. “The land of opportunity” We […]
2 years ago
lost medals...
Mary Richards

Utah Vietnam veteran receives lost medals

Richard DeGooyer lost the medals he had received serving in Vietnam, but on Friday he was presented replacements by Utah Senator Mitt Romney.
3 years ago