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Daysha Eaton

Reporter

Daysha Eaton reports about religion and cultural issues, including social justice, for KUER. In her coverage, she aims to explore how faith and spirituality shape American culture. She covers The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as other Christian and non-Christian religions.

Daysha holds a liberal arts degree from the Evergreen State College, and a M.A. in journalism from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She got her start at Seattle public radio stations, KPLU (now KNKX) and KUOW. She also worked with several Alaska Public Radio Network member stations before coming to KUER. In addition, she has reported for NPR, PRI, and National Native News.

When she’s not in the newsroom she enjoys being outdoors, especially hiking with her Australian Shepherd dog, Lucky. She is also a certified yoga instructor. She's happy to get news tips, which are best sent via email.

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Religions across America are reckoning with how they address nontraditional members of their faith. The latest is the Methodist Church, which has at least 12 million members in the U.S. and approximately 80 million worldwide.

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Daysha Eaton / KUER

This week, a petition began circulating calling for the Hyde Park City to fire it’s longtime Public Works Director, Mike Grunig, who allegedly pointed a gun at three other workers while on the job.

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Reciting from the Quran, Imam Shuaib Din’s melodious voice rang out in Arabic, in a prayer to Allah. The translation of his words were: “I seek refuge in God, from Satan,” he said. “I begin in the name of Allah, the most merciful, the most kind.”

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Courtesy Amelia Damarjian

When 19-year-old Amelia Damarjian saw that Utah Gov. Gary Herbert had backed amendments to a proposed conversion therapy ban bill, she was furious.

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Daysha Eaton / KUER

Updated 5:03 p.m. MST 3/6/19

In a press conference at the Capitol Wednesday, two key supporters of legislation that would have banned conversion therapy with minors in Utah resigned from the Governor’s Youth Suicide Task Force.

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The Utah Department of Public Safety plans to revoke the certification of Brigham Young University's police force after an allegation of a botched sexual assault investigation.

Courtesy Utah County

Police are asking for tips from the public after a bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who is also a former Utah police officer was arrested last week during a human trafficking sting in Utah County.

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Kelsie Moore / KUER

Note that this story discusses suicide.

Standing alone on stage at the Salt Lake Public Library auditorium, Arturo Fuentes takes a deep breath, and begins to tell his story of torment.

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Judy Fahys / KUER

Dozens gathered beneath the Utah Capitol dome Thursday to support new legislation that would outlaw conversion therapy with licensed therapists for those under 18.

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Daysha Eaton / KUER

For years, the Salt Lake Acting Company has used its productions to address social justice through its casting and the plays it selects. But SLAC Executive Artisitic Director Cynthia Flemming said their choices have taken on a greater urgency at a time when the country is deeply divided. KUER’s Daysha Eaton spoke with Fleming about how they select the productions they bring to town.

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In a significant shift, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is now allowing its 65,000 missionaries worldwide to communicate with their families once a week through text messages, online messaging, phone calls and video chats in addition to letters and emails, officials announced Friday on Twitter.

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Daysha Eaton / KUER

The Provo-based Encircle, a resource and counseling center for LGBTQ youths and their families, opened a new branch on Thursday in Salt Lake City. Part of the reason they’re expanding is demand — in 2018, they served around 1,000 young people per month and provided counselling to an average of 400 of those they served. And many of their clients had to travel long distances to access services. 

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Brian Albers / KUER

Filmmaker Sterling Van Wagenen, a co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival and a University of Utah professor, is facing growing fallout following an allegation that he molested a child more than two decades ago.

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Daysha Eaton / KUER

PRESTON, Idaho — Alongside Idaho State Highway 91 just north of the Utah border stands a prayer tree, its branches tied with remnants of faded cloth.

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A U-turn from the U.S. Supreme Court on transgender military service has again upended an Obama-era policy.

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Courtesy Utah Nonprofits Association

As the partial government shutdown stretches into its fourth week, Utah nonprofits are feeling the pressure, according to a survey by the Utah Nonprofits Association (UNA) which found that 10 percent of its members have seen in increase in the demand for services from furloughed workers.

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Renee Bright / KUER

Ahead of the upcoming legislative session, a Utah LGBTQ group is preparing a bill that would ban conversion therapy, a form of psychotherapy that purports to help people with same-sex attraction to become heterosexual.

Courtesy Liv Paggiarino | for The Salt Lake Tribune and The Guardian

In a story for The Salt Lake Tribune and The Guardian, reporter Nate Carlisle takes a deep dive into a polygamist community of about 400 people in Missouri. He traveled to what locals refer to as “the compound” — polygamist members call it “the ranch” — near Humansville, Missouri in November. KUER reporter Daysha Eaton talked with Carlisle about his reporting and what he learned about this little-known sect of Mormonism.

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Lee Hale / KUER

As a single woman and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sara Vranes says she was led to believe she needed a man as an intermediary in her relationship with God. And that pained her. But at the beginning of 2019, the Salt Lake City resident said that changed because of new language and rituals in the Church that put women on equal footing with men.