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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.
3 months ago
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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.
5 months ago
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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.
6 months 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.
8 months ago
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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.
9 months ago
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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 […]
9 months 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.
10 months ago
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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.
11 months 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.
11 months ago
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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.
12 months 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.
12 months 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.
12 months ago
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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. 
1 year ago
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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 […]
1 year ago
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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.
1 year 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.
1 year ago
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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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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 […]
1 year ago
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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.
1 year ago
A bison grazes at Antelope Island State Park, March 3, 2021 

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Mary Richards

Heart of Utah: Archery, Bigfoot, Dinosaurs and Yurts — Utah State Parks becoming crown jewels

Utah State Parks are no secret to those who live in Utah, but many of those parks contain secrets that are worth exploring!
1 year ago
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Colby Walker and Mary Richards

Heart of Utah: Jazz fan and runner shows off how much we all have in common

Jazz fan and avid runner Bryant Heath put on his sneakers to show his dedication to the NBA team and the community around him.
1 year ago
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Mary Richards

Heart of Utah: Special needs cast makes Peter Pan soar

The Draper Historic Theater did something historic this spring – for the first time they had a show full of actors with special needs perform a production of Peter Pan.
1 year ago
Jenn Drummond holds a picture of her seven children atop the summit of Mt. Everest, Monday May 30, ...
Colby Walker

Jenn Drummond, Park City mom, on top of the world – summits Mt. Everest

Jenn Drummond is on top of the world, literally. The Park City mom of seven has successfully summited Mount Everest as training to become the first woman in history to summit the "Second Seven."
1 year ago

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