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'Back To Studio': TV Veteran Rod Decker Retires

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Rod Decker, bottom right, during his final press conference with Gov. Gary Herbert. The veteran broadcast journalist signed off this week after 37 years.

It's the end of an era in local TV news. 

The familiar booming voice of reporter Rod Decker signed off for the final time Thursday night for Channel 2 news.

The KUTV veteran covered Utah for more than 37 years, spanning six governors, 17,000 stories and a vastly changed media environment.

In a tribute video from Channel 2, Sen. Orrin Hatch and other top elected officials recalled Decker’s signature hard-charging interviews that often put them on the spot. 

“He's a good guy," said Hatch. "And that doesn't always mean that he's given me a free ride, it’s always been a tough interview.”

The 76-year-old journalist is a published author and says he plans to write another book about Utah in his retirement. 

Julia joined KUER in 2016 after a year reporting at the NPR member station in Reno, Nev. During her stint, she covered battleground politics, school overcrowding, and any story that would take her to the crystal blue shores of Lake Tahoe. Her work earned her two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Julia graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in journalism. She’s worked as both a print and radio reporter in several states and several countries — from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Dakar, Senegal. Her curiosity about the American West led her to take a spontaneous, one-way road trip to the Great Basin, where she intends to continue preaching the gospel of community journalism, public radio and podcasting. In her spare time, you’ll find her hanging with her beagle Bodhi, taking pictures of her food and watching Patrick Swayze movies.
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