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Rebecca Ellis

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Rebecca Ellis is a Kroc Fellow with NPR. She grew up in New York City and graduated from Brown University in 2018 with a Bachelor's in Urban Studies. In college, Rebecca served as a managing editor at the student newspaper, the Brown Daily Herald, and freelanced for Rhode Island's primary paper, the Providence Journal. She has spent past summers as an investigator at the Bronx Defenders, a public defender's office in the Bronx, New York, and as a reporter at the Miami Herald, filing general assignment stories and learning to scuba dive.

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Gov. Gary Herbert has directed state regulators to create new rules for monitoring conversion therapy, a widely discredited practice intended to alter a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Gun violence remains a political issue nationwide. But, at the local level, there’s not a whole lot a Utah mayor can do to enact gun reform. 

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While supporters in a 20,000 seat stadium in Orlando, Florida, cheered President Donald Trump’s official kick-off of his 2020 campaign, a flag-waving party of roughly 50 people celebrated in Western Salt Lake City.

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Utah’s largest healthcare system is on the hunt for half a million DNA samples.

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Last month's meeting on the inland port lasted only five minutes before being disrupted by megaphone-bearing protesters, furious over plans to build a massive distribution hub in northwest Salt Lake CIty.

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Members of Utah’s LGBTQ community marched through downtown Salt Lake Sunday for the city's annual Pride Parade. And the corporate sponsors were right behind them.

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The utility company in charge of powering the Navajo Nation, where roughly 10 percent live without power, is receiving a $94 million federal loan for two sprawling solar farms, U.S. Department of Agriculture officials announced Thursday.

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On a drizzly Memorial Day morning, Jennie Taylor recounted what she described as a life-changing text message from her husband to a crowd gathered at the historic Fort Douglas Cemetery.

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The U.S.-China trade war is making for one long bumpy ride at S&S Worldwide.

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For years, homeless Utahns residing at the Road Home, Salt Lake City’s main downtown homeless shelter, didn’t have to walk far to find a doctor. Fourth Street Clinic, a nonprofit that provides healthcare for the area’s homeless, was just one block away.

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Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski presented the City Council with a $330 million budget plan that calls for prioritizing funding for roads, housing, transit and police force for the 2020 fiscal year.

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One of the largest DNA crime labs in the country, Salt Lake City-based Sorenson Forensics, faces increasing scrutiny following allegations that it mishandled evidence, first in Kentucky and now in Illinois.

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A state audit of seven Utah police departments found flaws in the ways some agencies store evidence with officers losing track of the money, guns, and drugs in their custody.

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A former Draper City police lieutenant has been charged with sexually abusing a co-worker who was in the process of recovering from breast reduction surgery.

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After a nearly seven-month long mission in the Middle East, 128 deployed service members have returned home, touching down at the Hill Air Force Base Monday morning.