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Reconnecting Utah

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Reconnecting Utah: Connected listening

KUER has been your reliable source for fact-based, independent news and information. From KUER’s local news team to the regional stories from the Mountain West News Bureau, to weekly conversations on RadioWest and the national news on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, KUER brings you the vital information you need as we reconnect as a community.

Celebrating National Connections For 50 Years

As the U.S. enters a new phase of recovery and reopening, we also join NPR in celebrating its 50th anniversary. We’ve been reflecting on the countless stories put out into the world to inform, inspire, entertain and connect our listeners — all of which is made possible due to listener support. And in celebration of the occasion, a generous donor wishes to honor the 50 year legacy of NPR broadcasting on KUER by challenging our listening community with a dollar-for-dollar matching grant. Every donation made by June 30 will be matched, up to $50,000.

Local Connections From KUER’s News Team

Over the past year, KUER’s news team has delivered breaking news, feature-length reporting and investigative pieces that provide context and analysis of the issues that matter most. Their hard work was recognized recently by the Society for Professional Journalism’s “Top of the Rockies” contest when they brought home 17 awards. Your support keeps our local news team strong and reporting on stories that matter to Utah. Listen to some of our news team’s award-winning reporting.

Regional Connections From KUER’s Partnerships

KUER also keeps you connected to critical stories across the state of Utah and the Mountain West region through partnerships with Report for America and the Mountain West News Bureau. From stories on how COVID-19 has impacted small towns to the many creative ways the Navajo nation has adapted to at-home schooling, KUER reporters on the ground at the satellite news bureau in Southwestern and reports from Southeastern Utah amplify voices outside the Wasatch Front. Our commitment to statewide and regional coverage makes KUER uniquely positioned to be at the crux of issues with significant local and national importance — public lands, indigenous peoples, wildfires and drought conditions.

Supporting Our Local Community Through Connections

KUER’s work is driven by our public service mission. Part of that mission is to ensure all of Utah’s communities have access to unbiased and reliable information, and to create ongoing sources of support vital to community organizations. We’re also committed to championing diversity, equity and inclusion, not only in the stories we tell but within our newsroom. By offering paid internships and working with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, we are building a direct pipeline of diverse talent here in Utah that can contribute to our growing statewide coverage.

In addition to that reliable and diverse programming, each year KUER partners with incredible organizations to better our shared community. Most recently, we worked with the Utah Food Bank as our social good partner. Donors could choose to forgo their typical mug or tote bag and instead request that a portion of their gift be donated to the food bank. For more than 117 years, the Utah Food Bank has been dedicated to fighting hunger statewide, and this year they have provided food and services to more than half a million people. As always, our social good partnership was our most popular thank you gift, and we are humbled by the generosity of our donors.

Conversations That Connect

RadioWest is wildly curious about the world around us. Each week, the team brings together experts and authors, artists and storytellers, to explore issues of importance to the community through deep, thoughtful conversations. In late 2020, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria joined Doug Fabrizio to share insights about his book Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World. This April, after the murder of eight Asian Americans in Atlanta, Doug talked to George Takei about his personal experiences and America’s anti-Asian history. Listeners were also treated to an insightful discussion when Zuni tribal member Jim Enote and Native writer David Treuer examined Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s visit to Bears Ears. Throughout the pandemic and beyond, RadioWest has continued to be your connection to inspiring storytelling and conversations that enrich your life.

Reconnecting Utah: After COVID

In the months ahead, KUER will continue to provide you with the news and information you depend on, but also help you make sense of the world as we recover and reconnect. From critical issues, to community events, to stories that inspire, KUER will be here for you through whatever comes next.

Help us reach this final goal in our fiscal year-end fundraising efforts, and stay connected to your community with KUER and NPR.

KUER is listener-supported public radio. Support this work by making a donation today.