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Sonja Hutson

Reporter

Sonja Hutson is a politics and government reporter at KUER. She’s been reporting on politics ever since the 10th grade, when she went to so many school board meetings the district set up a press table for her. Before coming to Utah, Sonja spent four years at KQED in San Francisco where she covered everything from wildfires to the tech industry. When she’s not working, you can find her skiing, camping, or deeply invested in a 1000 piece puzzle.

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Photo of large assembly room with rows of desks with people.
Sonja Hutson / KUER

After nearly a year of debate, Utah lawmakers have passed a sweeping tax reform bill that cuts taxes by $160.5 million. 

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Pool Photo

In early November, nine members of an American family from a Mormon community were killed in Northern Mexico. Authorities are reportedly investigating the attack as cartel-related

Construction through fence at West Jordan fulfillment center.
Sonja Hutson / KUER

Amazon has revolutionized online shopping — scroll, click and your package arrives in just a day or two. Amazon’s products get funnelled through fulfillment centers, where workers quickly sort, pack and ship them. 

Photo of an anti-impeachment advertisement
Chelsea Naughton / KUER

A pro-Trump nonprofit is pouring $150,000 into digital and TV advertisements in Utah targeting Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams, and his involvement in the impeachment inquiry. 

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Renee Bright / KUER

After Utah lawmakers approved a bill in 2017 that gave more money to the state’s crime lab to process sexual assault kits, the head of that lab estimated it could clear the backlog of untested kits in 2018. Now, the Department of Public Safety said it will take until July 2020 to get caught up.

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File / KUER

Updated 12:21 p.m. MST, 11/27/19

LGBTQ+ activists and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have come together on a proposal to ban conversion therapy for minors. 

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Sonja Hutson / KUER

Utah Democratic Congressman Ben McAdams is pushing a bipartisan bill that would allow victims of Ponzi schemes and other forms of investment fraud to recoup more of their money. 

Still of Rep. Chris Stewart and Lt. Col. Vindman during the House Impeachment Hearings.
YouTube/PBS News Hour

In impeachment hearings this week, Utah Republican Congressman Chris Stewart repeatedly called the inquiry into President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine unfair and lacking any evidence of wrongdoing. 

Stock photo of an oil pump jack in eastern Utah.
iStock

Utah democratic lawmakers are “dismayed” by the advancement of a bill giving tax breaks to the oil and gas industry. 

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Cory Dinter / For KUER

When Ginger Phillips was experiencing severe symptoms of her schizoaffective disorder, she used to end up in the emergency room a lot.