RadioACTive: July 6, 2020

  • July 6, 2020
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Why a Free Press Matters in a Democracy, with Phil McCarthey of the McCarthey Family Foundation and City Weekly Publisher John Saltas. Plus, six Utah student finalists in the foundation's annual essay contest, and The Utah Investigative Journalism Project.

Tonight's lineup:

Eric Peterson of The Utah Investigative Journalism Project, which recently won the special Roy B. Gibson Freedom of Information Award from the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Click here to read more about the non-profit’s award-winning work that uncovered a “previously undisclosed $350,000 loan and plane tickets given to Greg Hughes by influential developer Terry Diehl even as Hughes was playing a pivotal role ushering through deals benefiting Diehl’s developments.”

  • July 9: TKE presents Online Stephanie Gorton Citizen Reporters, 6:00-8:00 p.m. online. Hosted by The King's English Bookshop and The Utah Investigative Journalism Project: "This virtual event will take place on Crowdcast. Registration for this event is now open! Click here to register.

    "Journalist Stephanie Gorton, author of Citizen Reporters: S.S. McClure, Ida Tarbell and the Magazine That Rewrote America, will discuss the book and explore the topic, 'Muckrakers: American Investigative Journalism Gilded Past and Uncertain Future.' Stephanie will be in conversation with former Los Angeles Times national and foreign correspondent, Rone Tempest."

Why a Free Press Matters in a Democracy is the theme of this year’s National Student Essay Competition sponsored by the McCarthey Family Foundation and The Boston Globe. RadioACTive spoke about the topic with Phil McCarthey and City Weekly Publisher John Saltas, and we passed the mic to six Utah student finalists to read their essays, including:

  • Evelyn Link, 6th Grade, Hawthorne Elementary

  • Eric Lu, 8th Grade, West High School

  • Arundhati Oommen, 10th Grade, West High School

  • Holton Hennrich, 12th Grade, Juab High Schoo9l

  • Alexander Johansson, Freshman, Snow College

  • Rachelle Larsen, BYU Master’s of Creative Writing Program


Views, thoughts or opinions shared by guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the board, staff or members of Listeners' Community Radio of Utah, 90.9fm KRCL. Tonight's RadioACTive team included:

  • Exec. Producer/Host: Lara Jones
  • Assoc. Producer/Host: Billy Palmer