Jon came to KUER by way of Los Angeles, where he was a freelance reporter and production assistant for NPR member station KCRW. He received a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California. Prior to reporting, he spent six years in the film industry as an editor and post production coordinator, and worked on everything from Hollywood blockbusters to independent documentaries. He mostly preferred the latter, until the slow gravitational pull of public radio drew him away altogether. At KUER, he covers a little bit of everything, paying special attention to quality of life issues and the economy.
Schools are struggling to stay open in the omicron wave. Teachers say they're scrambling, again, to try to help students and still protect their own mental and physical health.
Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall says the issue has become politicized to the point that elected bodies worry about retribution if they take a public position.
Many pandemic weary families can't wait to get back to in-person school. But a Utah district is expanding its online offerings next year because some students thrive in virtual learning environments.
A school in Utah that allowed parents to opt out of Black History Month curriculum is now backpedaling as activists demand change.