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Ross Terrell


Ross Terrell is a news editor at KUER. He comes to Salt Lake City from the greatest city in the U.S.- Atlanta, Georgia. There he worked for WABE before joining the team at Georgia Public Broadcasting. Terrell is an AIR Media New Voices Scholar and has contributed to award winning coverage both in Milwaukee — as the Second Century Fellow for Wisconsin Public Radio — and during his time in the southeast. He's a graduate of the University of Missouri, but roots for Ohio State, has a deep love for the Atlanta Falcons and doesn’t know how to lose in Connect Four.

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Protesters covered the Salt Lake County District Attorney's office building with posters and paint on Thursday, July 9 after a ruling that the use of deadly force by police officers who killed Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal was justified.
Ross Terrell / KUER

Gov. Gary Herbert has declared a state of emergency until July 13, following a protest in Salt Lake City calling for justice for Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal. 

Photo of five people sitting, wearing masks and holding up a framed photo of a man
Emily Means / KUER

Updated 6:11 p.m. MDT 7/9/2020

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill ruled Thursday morning that the officers’ use of deadly force was justified in the shooting of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal.

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Chelsea Naughton / KUER

Updated 4:40 p.m. MDT 7/9/2020

A dozen portraits of people who were killed by police have been painted on a building in Salt Lake City following the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal in Salt Lake City.

The art, installed by a group of about 20 unnamed artists, is part of a larger, ongoing movement in which thousands of people have marched in the streets across Utah to protest police brutality and racial injustice.

Photo of a large crowd of protesters in Salt Lake City
Kelsie Moore for KUER

Friday marks the fourth year that Utah has officially recognized Juneteenth as a state holiday. It dates back to 1865, when the last enslaved people were freed in Texas. African-Americans celebrate it as their Independence Day. But this year’s celebration comes as the nation and the state are gripped by protests against racial injustice and police brutality.

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Renee Bright / KUER

As protests against racial injustice grip Utah, KUER invited you to share your experiences with racism in the state. Here are some of your stories about those moments. 

Photo of a large crowd of people in protective face masks. Some are holding signs, some are holding their hands up.
Kelsie Moore for KUER

More than 1,000 protesters marched through the streets of Salt Lake City for the second time in three days, as a new citywide curfew went into effect and Gov. Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency because of civil unrest.

Graffiti cleanup at the Utah Capitol.
Jon Reed / KUER

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said Sunday morning the city’s streets are “quiet and calm” after Saturday’s protests against police brutality turned violent.

But Mendenhall cautioned against prematurely lifting a citywide curfew that went into effect 8 p.m. Saturday and is scheduled to last until 6 a.m. Monday.

Photo of protesters in downtown salt lake city.
Ross Terrell / KUER

Chants of “Justice for George Floyd” and “No justice, No peace” filled the hot Salt Lake City air Saturday morning, as more than a thousand protesters — some on foot, others in cars — marched against police brutality. 

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Renee Bright / KUER

In late March, President Donald Trump signed the Federal CARES Act giving a one-time stimulus check to adult U.S. citizens. The checks varied by income but can be as much as $1,200. Families received an additional $500 per child. KUER wanted to know how people planned to spend the money. Here are some of their answers.

Photo of the how the healthy together app appears on an iphone
Ross Terrell / KUER

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert unveiled the “Healthy Together” app Wednesday to help the state track the spread of COVID-19. People who decide to download it can fill out a questionnaire about their symptoms and whether they’ve been in contact with anyone who had COVID-19.

Photo illustration of a woman in a mask talking on a phone screen
Renee Bright / KUER

People who have weakened immune systems are considered high risk for COVID-19 related complications. As the immunocompromised community continues to navigate this pandemic, here are some of their stories in their own words. 

Photo illustration of a person in a graduation cap and gown talking on a smart phone screen
Renee Bright / KUER

In late March, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert closed public schools until May 1 to help slow the spread of coronavirus. And for high school seniors, that meant year end traditions, like prom and graduation, were up in the air.

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Renee Bright / KUER

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, health officials in Utah and across the globe have been warning that senior citizens are one of the most vulnerable populations for contracting COVID-19. In fact, people between the ages of 65 and 84 make up 33% of all virus related hospitalizations in the state. 

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Brian Albers / KUER

While earthquakes may have jumped to the top of many Utahns’ minds following Wednesday’s event, we are still in the middle of a pandemic, with governments trying to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. More testing, more health orders, and more anxiety. To help wrap up the week, KUER’s Caroline Ballard was joined by news editor Ross Terrell. 

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Utah Coronavirus Task Force Twitter

Officials with the Utah Department of Health announced the first positive test of COVID-19 in the state Friday night. The announcement came just hours after Gov. Gary Herbery declared a state of emergency amid fears of an outbreak.

Photo of Utah Governor Gary Herbert speaking into a microphone
2018 pool photo / Salt Lake Tribune

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus on Friday.