Mark Koelbel - News Anchor
Mark has been recognized for his professional approach to journalism in covering news stories and displaying a heartfelt interest in his community. He has received numerous broadcast awards from Associated Press, United Press International, RTNDA including Best Newscast, Best Enterprise Journalism, and Best Spot News Coverage.
Some of his proudest moments include covering Hurricane Hugo in South Carolina, the Gulf War/Desert Storm, as well as the Masters Golf Tournament. Mark prides himself in knowing that he will always go the extra mile to get the story, even if that means chasing a hurricane, flying with the Blue Angels, or bungee jumping.
Mark is very active in the community speaking to special interest groups of all kinds. He is KUTV'S "School 2 Careers" spokesperson and loves to speak to students regarding work based learning opportunities.
Mark is married to Pamela Wilkie Koelbel. He enjoys tennis, basketball and playing the drums.
Position: News Anchorman
Year Hired: Came to KUTV in 1997
First TV Appearance: Hosted a children's show in 1988
Favorite Story: Olympics
Memorable Interview: Muhammad Ali
Dream Interview: Osama bin Laden
Dream Job: World renown poet/or a singer songwriter
Favorite Program: The Young and The Restless
First Story: A major drug bust
Role Model: My mom and dad
Why I'm A Journalist: The excitement
Hidden Talent: Accomplished drummer
Alma Mater: University of Pittsburgh
Hometown: Bradford, Pennsylvania
Star Sign: Taurus
Hobbies: Tennis, music, watching sappy movies with happy endings
Favorite Food: Prime rib
Favorite Sports Team: Whoever is the underdog
Favorite Musician: The rock group UFO
Favorite Author: Hunter Thompson
Favorite Moviestar: Living: Scarlett Johannson Dead: John Wayne/Errol Flynn
Favorite Destination: A small lake in Western New York called "Cuba Lake"
Shauna Lake - News Anchor
Shauna is co-anchor of 2News @ 5pm and 2News @ 10pm with Mark Koelbel . In Nov. 2007, she replaced long time evening anchor Michelle King following her retirement.
Shauna is also the 2News Healthy Living reporter and delivers important medical stories and lifestyle stories that affect your health.
She joined KUTV in 1994 as an anchor for 2News This Morning and 2News at Noon. She later moved to weekends with Brian Mullahy and reported during weekdays for a time.
Shauna has been honored twice by the Utah broadcasters association for her work with Wednesday's Child and is regularly asked to speak in the community. She especially loves working with young people.
Shauna began her broadcasting career at BYU where she anchored KBYU, the college newscast and anchored an early morning news radio show.
Her first official job in television was at an ABC affiliate in Bangor, Maine. Shauna and her husband, Todd Marshall live in the Salt Lake area with their two young sons Cole and Luke.
Position: News Anchor
Year Hired: 1994
First TV Appearance: Anchoring KBYU
Memorable Interview: Each and every Wednesday's Child I ever talked to
Dream Interview: Princess Diana
Favorite Program: Amazing Race
First Story: President Bush (the first one) speaking at Colby College
Role Model: My mom, the strongest woman I know
Why I'm A Journalist: I love knowing and talking about the issues going on in my community
Hidden Talent: Family and co-workers tell me I'm a good singer
Alma Mater: BYU Go Cougars
Hometown: Sacramento, California
Height: 5'9 Star Sign: Leo
Kids: Two sons Cole and Luke
Siblings: Two Brothers (Jared and Kevin)
Hobbies: Reading, Art, Music, Running
Favorite Food: My grandmommy's biscuits and gravy
Favorite Sports Team: My son's soccer team, Go Blacks
Favorite Musician: Charlotte Martin, obscure but amazing
Favorite Author: Ayn Rand
Favorite Moviestar: Scarlett Johanssen
Favorite Destination: Maui
Ron Bird - News Anchor
Ron is a long time anchor and reporter on the 2News #1 morning and noon shows, signing on in August of 1989. He's been right on the front lines of the big stories. When a tornado tore through Salt Lake City, Ron and the 2News team were live as it happened. He was in St. George with live coverage of the devastating floods. From the news desk and from out in the field, Ron covered Elizabeth Smart's kidnapping and Lori Hacking's murder. In fact, for almost two decades, Ron has been there for all the major and unforgettable stories that have been a part of our lives.
"I can't think of a better job in the world," Ron says. "Yes, I have to get up before 3 o'clock in the morning, but you soon forget about that when we're having fun on the show and telling important stories. Besides," he adds, "I can be home with the kids in the afternoon."
Ron's career started in 1981 as an anchor/reporter at KBCI in Boise, Idaho and he also did a stint at the CBS affiliate in Fargo, North Dakota before joining the 2News team. Ron considers himself extremely lucky for the experiences he's had over the years reporting the news. He's shaken hands with Ronald Reagan and interviewed President George H. W. Bush and President Clinton. One of Ron's most memorable and exciting stories was riding in an F-16 with the Air Force Thunderbirds. But the most fulfilling stories, Ron says, "Are the daily stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things, or the features that go beyond the headlines."
Even though a reporter's goal is to be objective, Ron says you can't help but be inspired by the stories you do. For example, he rode a UTA bus with a disabled woman who spends her days going from place to place doing community service. On another day, he watched as a single mom had a dream come true, when volunteers built her a home in four days. And Ron won't soon forget the Memorial Day when a father and his two sons, who both served in the Iraq war, came home safe, and celebrated the holiday together.
In a business where reporters can sometimes move from town to town, Ron says Utah is the place for him and hopes to make this his lifelong home. Ron was born in Kimberly, Idaho, and graduated from BYU with a degree in broadcast journalism. When Ron isn't at KUTV he enjoys home and yard projects, working out, doing church and community activities, and is a die-hard youth super league basketball coach.
Ron is married to Jannae. They have 3 kids, Jaron, Brock and Abbie, and the family dog, Frasier. The Birds have their nest in Sandy.
Year Hired: 1989
First TV Appearance: Happy Holly Show in Twin Falls, Idaho
Memorable Interview: Bill Clinton
Dream Interview: George W. Bush
Favorite Program: CSI;Miami
First Story: Coin shop robbery and shooting
Role Model: Dad
Why I'm A Journalist: I like to be the first to know
Hidden Talent: home improvement man
Alma Mater: BYU
Hometown: Kimberly, Idaho
Star Sign: Leo
Hobbies: youth basketball coach, weightlifting, home projects
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Sports Team: Jordan Beetdiggers
Favorite Musician: Shania Twain
Favorite Author: Stephen King
Favorite Moviestar: Jim Carrey
Favorite Destination: Cancun
Mary Nickles - News Anchor
Mary joined KUTV 2 News in 1991 as weekend anchor and reporter. She currently co-anchors the news weekdays on 2NEWS This Morning from 5:00 a.m. - 8 a.m. and 2NEWS at Noon. (She loves the schedule even though she has to wake up at 2:30 a.m.) Mary is also KUTV'S Check Your Health spokesperson, hosts the Workouts on the Web, writes two health blogs, and does in-depth reporting for the stationwinning an Emmy for Best News Series in 2012. That series started with Mary getting a mammogram to encourage more women to get screened, and it found an invasive, malignant tumor. The following stories tracked Marys surgery, chemo treatments, wig shopping, radiation, and long recovery. Learn more at Maryscancerstory@blogspot.com
Mary grew up in Renton, Washington with her eight brothers and sisters. Her dad is a retired telephone man, and her late mother was a state legislator and advocate for children. Mary majored in English at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, where she attended on a volleyball scholarship. Before coming to Utah, she worked in Yakima, Washington, where she did camera work, editing, producing, reporting, and anchoring.
Mary is very active in our community as a mentor for young people and as an advocate for health. She is Chair of the Advisory Board for Head Start, and is on the Board for the Intermountain Catholic Newspaper and for the Police Athletic League. She donates home-cooked meals and many hours to help other charities, including The Ronald McDonald House, Guadalupe Schools, Life After Breast Cancer, The Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Heart Walk. Mary participated in the Utah Summer Games for years, and was inducted into the Hall of Honor in 2003. She also played professional volleyball for the Utah Predators.
Mary and her husband, Kent, live in the Salt Lake Area and are the parents, tutors, coaches, and taxi drivers of twins, Zachary and MacKenzie... born in February of 1997.
Cristina Flores - Reporter
Cristina joined 2News in August of 2002. She reports from the 2News National Desk at 6pm and reports from the field at 10pm.
Cristina spent several years as a general assignment reporter for another Salt Lake television station before she made the move to 2News. Prior to Salt Lake City, Cristina spent a year as a general assignment reporter in Bakersfield, California. She began her television career in her hometown of Los Angeles at KTLA Television, working her way up from production assistant to segment producer for the KTLA Morning News.
Cristina is first generation in the U.S., her parents immigrated to the states from Mexico in the early 1960s. She grew up with two siblings in Southern California, where they all attended California Universities.
She speaks fluent Spanish and is proud of her Mexican ancestry. She enjoys opportunities to emcee and support Latino community events in the Salt Lake Area.
Cristina is married and has three children.
Year Hired: 2002
First TV Appearance: Bakersfield, CA 1994
Dream Interview: The Pope
First Story: In Bakersfield, flooding
Role Model: Mom and dad
Hidden Talent: None, but, thanks to this job and eating on the run, I could eat a full meal in under 2 minutes
Alma Mater: Cal Poly University, Pomona
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Star Sign: Scorpio
Hobbies: With 2 kids I don't have time for hobbies, but I'd like to one day become a master carpenter
Favorite Food: Fish/sushi prepared almost any way and anything with cheese
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Heidi Hatch - News Anchor
Heidi Hatch spent the last 5 years anchoring FOX News Good Day in Orlando Florida where breaking news is the name of the game. Heidi anchored live- round the clock coverage of tropical storms and tornados. Her final days on air in Orlando were at the anchor desk dissecting the case against Casey Anthony watched by millions live on air and online. It wasn't all work and no play -- with a 5 and a half hour morning show there was plenty of time for cooking and celebrities. Some of her favorites included chats on the Good Day couch with Bill Cosby, 80's rocker Paul Stanley of KISS, The Fonz - Henry Winkler and Kim Kardashian's Dad Bruce Jenner. Heidi also snuggled up with Orlando's real stars, the critters of Sea World and celebrated the holidays with Mickey and Friends.
While Heidi will miss the sun and sand of Florida she is excited to head back home to Utah where the mountains point her in the right direction. Family, friends, Caf Rio and humidity free hair are also high on her list of reasons to move back to her home state.
Before heading off to Florida, you'll remember Heidi from the six years she spent on Salt Lake's airwaves. She anchored the morning news at ABC4, but earned a name for herself as the lead investigative reporter in the Elizabeth Smart Kidnapping. Her live reporting the day Elizabeth was found alive was nominated for an Emmy. Heidi also contributed work as a guest on the O'Reilly factor, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, and the Nancy Grace show. While in Salt Lake Heidi covered the 2002 Winter Olympics, the search for Lori Hacking, and returned to The Pentagon on the first anniversary of 9-11 with the family of a Utah victim.
Heidi's first job in the news businesses was in Missoula Montana, at the CBS affiliate where she anchored the #1 rated newscast and received a nomination for broadcaster of the year. While in the "Big sky state" she was honored for her reporting by the Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press.
Heidi has worked closely with the March of Dimes as a spokesperson and honorary chair for the annual March for Babies walk in Central Florida. Heidi is passionate about educating others about premature birth because her son was born 10 weeks early at LDS hospital in Salt Lake.
Heidi and her husband Derek have an eleven year old daughter along with their 5 year old son and their "third child" Sinda a 9 year old Shih Tzu. If the Hatch family ever disappears for a week in the middle of winter when the inversion settles in on the valley, it will be safe to assume they're in Florida getting a quick dose of sunshine while searching for seashells.
Brian Mullahy - News Anchor
Brian Mullahy anchors the Weekend 5pm and 10pm weekend newscasts. He has more than twenty years experience in television news. His work has been recognized by the Utah Broadcasters' Association, Illinois Associated Press, and the Idaho Press Club.
In 2005, Brian traveled to Thailand, as a local couple recovered the body of a cherished daughter, Kali Breisch, who died in the Asian Tsunami. His reports were nominated for a regional Emmy award.
At KUTV, Brian has covered politics from the statehouse to Washington, DC. He reported on a Utah medical mission to West Africa, and continues to track ongoing issues surrounding polygamy and child welfare.
Brian is active in the community. He has coached youth soccer for years. He is involved in spiritual outreach at a youth detention center and speaks to local groups.
Amy Nay - News Anchor
Amy Nay co-anchors 2News This Morning Weekend Edition and 2News at Ten on Saturdays and Sundays. Amy is also able to report for the station, and is happy to be a part of the winning team here at KUTV - a station Amy's always watched, her favorite growing up here in Utah.
Amy is originally from Gunnison in beautiful Sanpete County, where their family's roots run deep. Amy's parents and grandmothers remain in Gunnison and she is proud to say are her biggest fans.
You may have seen Amy this past year here at 2News both on the desk and out in the field. She was recently honored with two UBEE awards for her work, covering the funeral of Officer Jared Francom in Ogden, and at the desk with Brian Mullahy on 2News at Ten.
Amy made the big move back to Utah with her family after spending 13 years in New York City. She moved to the Big Apple the day after graduating from Southern Utah University with an internship at CNN. She was last seen anchoring the top rated morning shows for News 12 Westchester. That was a position she held for 8 years, getting to know and love the communities and the people in New York City's northern suburbs. Before that Amy was a reporter for the News 12 network and was also reporting for Tribune's flagship station WPIX Channel 11 in NYC. Amy was also a news anchor and reporter on the radio for Metro Networks, featured on WABC, WOR, Fox News Radio and about 2,000 stations nationwide. Amy was also featured on CNN, MSNBC and other networks when she was first on the scene of breaking news. Amy was covering the mayoral race back in 2001, when the events of September 11th transpired. She continued to go live from Lower Manhattan that day and the days to follow, reporting for stations throughout New York City as well as around the world. Amy has also had extensive experience behind the camera or microphone, so to speak, writing and producing for news stations in New York City including CNN, NBC, 1010 WINS News Radio and Fox News Channel - where she met her husband (while playing softball on the company's coed team in Central Park).
Amy has been honored with a number of professional awards, including the Gracie Allen Award - given to exemplary women in broadcasting. In 2007, she was honored nationally by the organization "American Women in Radio and Television", given the Gracie for Best TV Host in a Top 20 Market. She was one of the youngest nominated for a Best Writer award, by the Writers Guild of America. Amy has also been honored with a number of Telly awards for Best Interview, Host, etc. You may have seen Amy in NBC's primetime drama "Kings", where she was featured as the UNN news anchor for the series. Amy has also emceed and hosted numerous events in her community, and loves to be able to do that whenever she can.
Amy loves being back in Utah, being closer to the mountains and closer to her family. She and her husband Sheffield welcomed their third little boy this summer, and couldn't be happier raising their family in Salt Lake City.
Holly Menino - News Anchor
Holly recently joined the KUTV 2 News team as a morning anchor and reporter. She currently co-anchors the news weekdays on 2NEWS This Morning from 4:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Holly sets her alarm clock bright and early, but doesn't mind the 2:00 a.m. wake-up call because she's a morning person.
Holly grew up in a rural town in southeast Washington called Waitsburg. She majored in Communication with an emphasis in Broadcast News at the Edward R. Murrow College at Washington State University. After college Holly headed south to Western Oregon where she worked at KEZI 9 TV for seven years. She started her career at KEZI as the bureau chief for the Roseburg Newsroom, but was soon promoted to the weekend anchor slot in Eugene. Holly anchored weekends for two years and then moved to mornings where she spent four years anchoring KEZI 9 News This Morning.
Throughout the course of Hollys career shes had the privilege of covering some of Western Oregons most newsworthy stories, including the 2008 Presidential Primary visits of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. Shes managed several station franchises, including Baby On Board: A Parents Tale and CrimeStoppers. Hollys been sent on assignment to China with the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce and even won a "Dancing With The Stars" style ballroom dance competition. Her investigative reporting has landed her numerous exclusives, the most notable being the conclusion of a 15-year-old cold case. With that story she won first place for both general reporting and investigative reporting in the 2011 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest.
Holly and her husband, Joel, live in the North Salt Lake area and are the proud parents of a beautiful baby boy named Hudson. If Holly's not in the newsroom or playing with her son, you will probably find her volunteering. She's a dedicated member of her community.
Position: News Anchor/ Reporter
Year Hired: October 2012
First TV Appearance: July 21, 2005
Favorite Story: The conclusion of a 15-year-old Oregon cold case
Memorable Interview: Barack Obama when he was a Presidential Candidate
Dream Job: This is my dream job:)
Role Models: My parents
Why I'm A Journalist: I love story telling
The Best Part Of Your Job: Every day is different
Hidden Talent: I can wiggle my ears
Alma Mater: Washington State University
Height: 5' 2"
Star Sign: Capricorn
Kids: 6-month-old boy named Hudson
Siblings: 4 younger sisters
Hobbies: Volunteering, running and skiing
Favorite Food: Dessert
Favorite Sports Team: Washington State CougarsFavorite Musician: Bonnie Raitt and Journey
Favorite Author: Nicholas Sparks
Favorite Moviestar: Ryan Gosling
Favorite Destination: Kona, Hawaii
Gary Winterton - Outdoors
Hooked on Utah gets its unique personality from the shows founder, host and Adventure Guide, Gary Winterton, whose passion for fishing and the outdoors draws viewers into the experience. Not just a personal fishing guide of untamed fun, Gary loves, lives, and breathes fishing, and has a profound respect for our natural resources and wildlife, and an understanding that safety and conservation should be at the forefront so these resources are protected for generations to come.
Hosting Hooked on Utah has been an absolute blast, and it has made me love my native state and the outdoors more than ever before, said the host of Hooked on Utah, Gary Winterton. Ive already done and seen so many amazing things and places to fish that I cant wait to share with viewers, and I hope they tune in so they can see all that Utah has to offer.
Prior to taking a chance on living his dream and making a career from fishing and the outdoors, Gary has held a variety of senior leadership positions that have prepared him to make this leap, the companies include; President of OrangeSoda, Executive Vice President of Logoworks a Hewlett Packard company (NASDAQ HPQ), Vice President of ah-ha.com a Marchex company (NASDAQ MCHX) including founder and CEO of Internet Marketing Concepts; Consultant for the Covey Leadership Center and Vice President of Clear Image, a Utah-based production company. In these capacities, Gary has innovated and delivered significant results in various sales and business development channels.
Gary currently serves on the board of directors for the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit organization that serves as an advocate for Utah Businesses. Gary has attended UVCC and University of New Orleans, and graduated from Brigham Young University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Sciences, Human Development.
Outside of work Gary enjoys spending time with his wife of 20 years and five children. He is also a licensed FAA pilot and avid outdoorsman!
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Amanda Jones - Feature Reporter
Amanda Jones comes to KUTV, after an 8-year career in print and radio journalism. Jones was a features and music editor at IN Magazine, and a DJ for Millcreek Broadcasting. As feature reporter at KUTV2, she feels fortunate to be able to spotlight Utahs abundance of unique personalities, places and events.
Amanda graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Communication and has earned several journalism awards, including three from the Society of Professional Journalists. Amanda was also recently voted one of the Top Three in a Best of: TV News category by City Weekly readers. Amanda has mastered social media and built a large following on Facebook and Twitter, who have been among her biggest supporters throughout her career.
When she and her husband, KUTV2 Crime Reporter Chris Jones arent at work, they enjoy travel and being outdoors. Amanda also finds peace as a volunteer yoga instructor, providing physical activity and mental clarity, free of charge, to some of Utah's under-served communities.
Brooke Graham - Feature Reporter
Feature reporter Brooke Graham was born and raised in Salt Lake City. She graduated from Skyline High School, where she fell in love with journalism. Brooke started at KUTV as a producer after graduating from BYU with a major in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Travel & Tourism.She loves working in the heart of downtown and considers herself lucky to be working with so many talented people.
If you have any story ideas contact her at email@example.com
Brittany Graham - Feature Reporter
Brittany Graham makes up half of the 2News Twinsteam. She and her twin sister Brooke do a segment on KUTV 2News This Morning called "Twin Tested", where they test makeup, fashion and beauty trends.
The highlight of her career at KUTV is reporting at the Grammy Awards in 2012 and 2013.
Brittany grew up in Salt Lake City and graduatedfrom Brigham Young University in Broadcast Journalism in April 2010.
She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband Sam.
Christine McCarthy - Reporter
Christine joined the 2News team as a reporter in December of2012, after spending nearly a year and a half as a weekend anchor and reporter in Waco, Texas.
In Texas, Christine appeared on national radio and HLN's Nancy Grace for her stories, but perhaps her proudest achievement was being recognized as a member of the Texas Association of School Boards 2012 Media Honor Roll for fair and valuable education reporting.
Christine also covered the arrest, trial and conviction of Naser Abdo, the AWOL soldier who planned to bomb a Killeen restaurant popular with Fort Hood troops. The collaboration between a perceptive community and diligent law enforcement foiled Abdo's plans and potentially averted another tragedy like the 2009 Fort Hood massacre.
A native of Massachusetts, Christine graduated from Boston University with a degree in broadcast journalism, while completing several internships at local news stations.
An avid writer and a grammar nerd from a young age,Christine feels she was destined to be a journalist. She also appreciates meeting people of all kinds and knowing whats happening in the world first.
Christine considers her family her four best friends and lives for her beloved dogs. While Christine misses everyone back East, shes excited to go hiking and camping, and finally to give skiing a shot in her beautiful new state of Utah.
On her days off, Christine also enjoys cooking, reading, photography,playing Scrabble, watching documentaries, taking day trips and collecting jewelry.
If you have a story idea for Christine, or you'd simply like to say hi, shoot Christine an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Miller - Reporter
Chris grew up in Denver and used to drive well over an hour to enjoy his favorite past-times; fly-fishing and skiing in the Rocky Mountains. Now that he lives in Salt Lake City, he's thrilled to have a vast outdoor playground just a short drive from home.
He spent the last eight years of his career covering sports in Colorado, Southern California and most recently in Seattle - where he was a Sports Anchor/Reporter for KOMO 4. Chris plans to attend a few sporting events here in SLC, but is enjoying his new role as a News Man. Actually, Chris started his broadcasting career covering local news in Grand Junction, Colorado and says he's getting back to his journalistic roots.
Chris is an avid tennis fan and calls himself an "antisocial golfer", because his swing is embarrassing. He and his wife enjoy world travel and have an annual tradition of international adventure. Most recently, they've been to China, Zimbabwe and Bora Bora.
He has dabbled in the modeling industry and has appeared in ads for Subaru and several outdoor clothing companies. You may even see him in the local Scheels ad.
Chris enjoys a good story, likes to sing in the shower and loves a sarcastic sense of humor. If you have an idea for a story, give him a shout, email@example.com
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Rod Decker - Reporter
Rod Decker has worked as a reporter and talk-show host at Channel 2 for more than two decades. He's also the eldest member of the 2News staff.
Decker grew up in Salt Lake City, and graduated from East High School and the University of Utah. He went to graduate school at the University of Chicago, and later spent a year at Harvard as a Nieman Fellow. He worked as a columnist and editorial writer at the Deseret News for eight years, before he came to KUTV.
Decker was an intelligence officer in Vietnam, where he served 18 months. (He says if you think about that, you might begin to understand why we lost that war.)
He is married to Christine Decker, a juvenile court judge, and they have three children, all of whom have left home, and none of whom have any children of their own. (Considering his lack of grandchildren, Decker is about to acknowledge himself a failure as a parent.)
Decker has written a mystery novel, An Environment for Murder, set in Utah. He is currently working on a non-fiction book about Utah.
Matt Gephardt - Reporter
Matt Gephardt began his television career with KUTV in 1998. Since that time, Matt has worked virtually every job in the newsroom, including video editor, photographer, producer and manager.
For the past several years, Matt has worked side-by-side with his father, Bill Gephardt, writing and producing the consumer investigations that make up KUTV's "Get Gephardt" franchise.
Matt is excited to join his father on-air, watching out for Utah consumers.
The "Get Gephardt" team has been working to protect and help consumers in Utah since the mid-1990s. The addition of Matt reconfirms KUTV's commitment to using "the public's airwaves" to keep all Utah consumers informed and safe. If you have a problem you can't solve, Get Gephardt.
Position: Consumer Reporter
Year Hired: 1998
First TV Appearance: 2002 on 2News this Morning covering a major snow storm that had KUTV's reporters unable to make it to work. (Unless you count the time a few months before that when the Utah State Aggie Mascot put Kelly Chapman in a wheel-barrel and ran me over, flipping me on my rear. For a split second, as the camera crashed to the ground, you could see me doubled over in a heap of pain and tears.)
Favorite Story: Tossup between covering the University of Utah football team at the Fiesta Bowl in 2004 and the Utes at the Sugar Bowl I Oh-Eight.
Favorite Program: News: 60 Minutes; Play: How I Met Your Mother; News/Play: The Daily Show.
First Story: Producer: Consumer investigation for the Gephardt thang; Reporter: Consumer investigation into ways to beat airline fees.
Role Model: Dad
Why I'm A Journalist: I really like the idea of helping people who have been wronged and can't help themselves...and if I can't help, at least I can tell their story. Plus, it's fun!
Hidden Talent: I draw a wicked Snoopy
Alma Mater: The REAL "U." University of Utah, son!
Hometown: Agoura Hills, California...but I consider Utah home.
Height: 6'4" (but I can't play basketball, so don't call me for your pickup game)
Star Sign: Scorpio by birth, but I'm a big fan of our own sun.
Siblings: Two brothers...and if I think my job is cool, they have epic jobs. Steve is a strength and conditioning coach for TCU Basketball. He travels the country sitting baseline and watching hoops with cool people. And speaking of travel, brother #2, Phil, is a Sports Staff Supervisor aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ships. See, EPIC!
Hobbies: Whatever the Mrs. has planned this weekend. And I play goalie for a co-ed indoor soccer league.
Favorite Food: Nachos!
Favorite Sports Team: Baseball: New York Mets; Football: Buffalo Bills; Basketball: Utah Jazz. (As you might imagine, I cry a lot watching sports)
Favorite Musician: O.A.R. (ask me the funny story about our trip to Denver to see the band the next time you see me)
Favorite Author: I read a lot of biographies. And I think Jon Stewart's stuff is pretty funny.
Favorite Moviestar: Mark and Shauna are my Movie Stars!
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Roxeanne Vainuku - Reporter
My career as a reporter is packed with memorable moments. I've sat in on an open heart surgery, rode a real rodeo bull and put many people in the hot seat as an investigative reporter.
I started my career behind the camera editing video in the middle of the night, but my love for writing drove me to the producer's seat at KUTV.
It was a stint as a traffic reporter at Channel 2 that convinced me to make the switch to reporting.
Since then, I've worked in Montana, Washington and now back home in Utah.
I've earned numerous awards for my work, including an Emmy and several recognitions from the Society of Professional Journalists.
I'm always on the hunt for a great story idea. If you have one, please email me.
Ladd Egan - Reporter
Growing up as the middle child in an almost-baseball-team-family of eight boys, Ladd knows all too well that there are many sides to every story.
It's that stuck in the middle position that makes Ladd love journalism. He feels it's his duty to ask questions, hold officials accountable and be an advocate for viewers.
Ladd joined KUTV/KMYU in the fall of 2011 as the Southern Utah Bureau Chief for 2News.
Prior to returning to Utah, Ladd spent over five years in Missouri where he worked as an anchor and news director for the CBS affiliate KRCG.
Ladd attended Brighton High School and Brigham Young University where he graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism.
He has been honored by the Associated Press and the Missouri Broadcasters Association for his work in breaking news, investigative reporting and feature reporting.
He and his wife Annie have four children.
Ladd is thrilled to be back home with family and friends and is glad he doesnt have to make homemade Caf Rio burritos from scratch anymore. Now he can get the real thing!
Dan Rascon - Reporter
Dan joined KUTV 2 News in October of 1999 as Utah County Bureau ChiefHe reports dayside for the noon, 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts.
Prior to joining KUTV he was the manager of media relations for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
A Colorado native, Dan graduated from Brigham Young University in Broadcast Journalism in 1991. He has since worked as a reporter in San Diego, Fresno, Los Angeles and Denver.
He has covered everything from the devastating fires and earthquakes in California to the Oklahoma City Bombing trial in Denver, to the 9-11 Terror attack in New York City, winning several awards including a Heartland Regional Emmy Award and two Excellence In Journalism and Utah Broadcasters Association awards.
Dan is very active in the community, and speaks to various groups in the intermountain area.
He and his wife, Bonni, have 5 children.
Year Hired: 1999
First TV Appearance: 1990 - KBYU News Anchor
Favorite Story: Leper Colony in Kalaupapa on the Island of Moloka'i
Memorable Interview: Utah Firefighters in New York City sent to help in the 9/11 clean-up
Dream Interview: Caterine Zeta Jones (what does she see in that old man?)
Dream Job: Harlem Globetrotter
Favorite Program: 2News at Noon (it's the only show I'm home to watch)
First Story: Disgruntled employee opens fire in a San Diego business
Role Model: Bob Costas
Why I'm A Journalist: Love to write & meet people from all walks of life
Hidden Talent: Bench Press 350 pounds - no spot
Alma Mater: BYU
Hometown: Golden, Colorado
Height: 6' 2" on camera -- 5' 9 1/2" in person
Star Sign: Aries
Kids: 5 and one incredible wife (she has to get some credit)
Siblings: 8 Brothers & Sisters (and we are still all talking)
Hobbies: Anything with my family -- love the outdoors
Favorite Food: Buffet - Steak, Lobster, Homecooked Mexican food
Favorite Sports Team: Whoever is winning
Favorite Musician: Captain Geech & The Shrimp Shack Shooter (That thing you do Movie)
Favorite Author: Dr. Seuss - right now that's all I have time to read
Favorite Moviestar: Bill Murray
Favorite Destination: Hawaii, West Indies
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Chris Jones - Reporter
Chris is a veteran reporter of Utah news. He has lived in Salt Lake City for a decade and a half. He spent ten years as a reporter before transitioning to life as, believe it or not, a stock broker.
After a year in the finance business, he made his way back into the world he has always loved, television journalism. He joined KUTV2 in 2008, and has been a staple on the # 1 ranked, 2 News@10:00, ever since.
Chris focuses primarily on crime and justice reporting, but you will often find him knee deep in flood waters, or feet away from raging fires in the course of his day.
He has won a couple of awards and has been nominated for an Emmy, he didnt win, and claims he isnt mad about that. (we know the truth)
Chris graduated from the University of Missouri-School of Journalism in 1995, and started his career as a reporter at WLOX, in Biloxi, Mississippi. He was the bureau chief, in Pascagoula, but is quick to remind us, there were only 2 people, including himself, in that bureau.
Chris took a long hiatus from snowboarding, but he says just purchased a new board, and is, to the detriment of other skiers, attempting to hit the slopes again.
In 2006 Chris ran the Salt Lake City Marathon and finished.
If you have a story Chris would love to hear from you. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can follow him on Twitter @ jonesnews, or become a fan of his on Facebook.
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Casey Scott - Reporter
Casey Scott was born and raised in Utah. He grew up in Ogden and attended Ogden High School, where he was a famed break dancer and enjoyed diving and football. He then attended Utah State University where he majored in broadcast journalism. While at USU, he was Vice President of the Inter-Fraternal Council. After five years and a world class hangover, he headed to Salt Lake City to begin a career in radio.
Casey was a part of the Chunga and Mister Show on 101.9 the end for nine years. He eventually grew tired of wearing tights and costumes and decided to pursue a reputable career in television. You can now seem him every morning asking the tough questions on 2News This Morning and Co-Hosting the Fresh Living Show with Debbie Worthen.
First TV Appearance: Cops
Memorable Interview: Ron Bird
Dream Interview: Curious George
Favorite Program: Anything CSI
First Story: See Dick Run
Role Model: Dad
Why I'm A Journalist: I got the job
Hidden Talent: Geometry
Alma Mater: Utah State University
Hometown: Ogden, Utah
Star Sign: Aquarius
Hobbies: Golf, wake boarding and pantomiming
Favorite Food: Mexican
Favorite Sports Team: The Saints
Favorite Musician: The King Elvis
Favorite Author: Dr. Seuss
Favorite Moviestar: The fat kid in The Sandlot
Favorite Destination: My couch
Chef Bryan Woolley - Chef
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Dave Fox - Sports Reporter
Dave has anchored sports since September of 1987. He reports sports news weeknights on KUTV at 6 and 10 p.m where he joins Shauna Lake and Mark Koelbel. He also hosts Talkin' Sports Late Night weeknights on KMYU at 10:37 pm.
Dave is a Utah native who graduated from Bountiful High School. His television sports reporting career began in Colorado in 1984. From there it was a three-year tour in Las Vegas as Sports Director for the CBS affiliate KLAS, before returning home to Utah and KUTV.
Dave and his wife Kathie have four children, Katie Darling (married to Stephenson), Lauren Parks (married to Casey), Andrew, Kelli, and four grandsons...Daxton, Madden, Beckham, & Crew and one granddaughter...Kendyl. They love to spend time with the kids, traveling and having fun.
Position: Sports Anchor
Year Hired: 1987
First TV Appearance: 1984 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
Favorite Story: Olympics
Memorable Interview: The time I was interviewing Rick Majerus and he referred to the San Antonio Spurs as the "Sperms". We laughed silly and had to end the show.
Dream Interview: Bill Gates
Dream Job: I have it!!
Favorite Program: CSI
First Story: Aspen High School 50 Year Reunion.
Role Model: Vern Lundquist. He gave me his autograph when I was 8 years old.
Why I'm A Journalist: I'm not. I'm a Sports Reporter!
Hidden Talent: Singing in the shower.
Alma Mater: After Utah and BYU, it was off to the Ron Bailey School of Broadcast!
Hometown: Born in Seattle, Raised in Dallas, Utah is home!
Star Sign: Libra
Hobbies: Skiing, running my daughters fast-pitch team, youth sports camps
Favorite Food: Teriyaki Steak
Favorite Sports Team: Utah Sting
Favorite Musician: Sigur Ros, U2
Favorite Author: Rick Riley
Favorite Moviestar: Adam Sandler, Mike Meyers, Will Ferrell
Favorite Destination: Maui
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David James - Sports Reporter
David James joined KUTV 2News in August of 1992 as a Sports Anchor and Reporter. He currently anchors the sports news weekends on 2News. Every Saturday night at 10:35 David hosts "Talkin' Sports", a 30-minute sports highlight and interview show. Sunday evening he co-hosts a one hour edition of Talkin' Sports.
David is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara. His television sports reporting career began at KEYT in Santa Barbara in 1988. From there he moved to Sacramento where he reported at ABC's KOVR before moving to Utah and KUTV.
In addition to his television duties, David also hosts the morning drive sports radio talk show on "1320 KFAN". He was named the 1996 Utah Sportscaster of the year by the National Sportscaster and Sportswriter Association. David is a family man who loves to hike, play basketball and spend time with his wife Marina, son Ryan and daughter Lia.
Year Hired: August 1992
First TV Appearance: 1988
Favorite Story: 2000 Olympics
Memorable Interview: John Wooden
Dream Interview: The President (whoever it is at the time)
Dream Job: An NFL Quarterback
Favorite Program: NFL Games
First Story: UC Santa Barbara Basketball game
Role Model: Ted Leitner
Why I'm A Journalist: I love telling stories
Hidden Talent: I am amazingly, stunningly, talentless
Alma Mater: UC Santa Barbara
Hometown: San Diego
Star Sign: Scorpio
Hobbies: Traveling, Hiking, Reading
Favorite Food: Italian
Favorite Sports Team: Chargers and Padres
Favorite Musician: Bruce Springsteen
Favorite Author: David Halberstam
Favorite Moviestar: Tom Hanks
Favorite Destination: Any place with a beach
Adam Mikulich - Sports Reporter
Since graduating from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University Adam Mikulich has put together a resume that includes stops in Western Washington, Southeast Idaho, Central Illinois, and the greater Salt Lake area. I consider myself a jack of all trades sports guy, says Mikulich. Early on in my career some of the best advice I received was to learn all facets of the industry and that the on-camera stuff would come naturally. Thats why you might run into Adam out at a sporting event with his sleeves rolled up and a camera on his shoulder.
Adam was a Producer at Fox Sports Northwest in Bellevue, Washington before taking his first on-air job with KIFI Local News 8 in Idaho Falls/ Pocatello, where he helped re-invent a great tradition of high school sports coverage. Nothing beats giving it up for local kids, he says. To put kids in the spotlight and see the smiles on their faces makes me feel like a million dollars!
After a stop in the gem state Adam was Sports Director at WCIA (CBS) in Champaign, Illinois for more than two years making trips to nine of the (then) eleven campuses in the Big Ten Conference. He also lived a lifelong dream covering the 2009 MLB All Star Game in St. Louis.
Adam joined the team at KUTV in July of 2010. Honestly, being hired by 2 News was like winning the lottery, he says. When I was making the drive out here and the lay of the land started forming into mountains the hairs on the back of my neck stood up! Adam was on the front line for Jimmermania and was the only reporter to visit the BYU basketball stars hometown of Glens Falls, NY and tell his back story. Adam has done NCAA Tournament trips to Denver and New Orleans. Hes done bowl games in Boise, Dallas, and San Diego.
Hes also taken you fishing in Alaska and golfing at some of Utahs top courses. Hes even cooked in the 2 News kitchen, dared to try CrossFit with a camera rolling and fills in on Fresh Living from time to time!
Adam is a native of Snohomish, Washington and bleeds WAZZU Cougar Crimson and Gray. He is an avid outdoorsman who loves to run trails, fly fish, and go looking for wildlife. Utah is a perfect for me, and I plan on being a perfect fit for Utahs viewers. says Mikulich. Everyone out there can feel free to drop me a line at any time!
Sterling Poulson - Meteorologist
Sterling is currently the Chief Meteorologist for 2News and can be seen on the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts Monday through Friday. He has become a familiar face to 2News viewers, joining the KUTV 2News Weather Team as an anchor, weather producer and meteorologist in December 1989. He is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) with the American Meteorological Society. He served a three-year term as a member of the Board of Broadcast Meteorologists from 1997-2000, and was chairman of the AMS Broadcaster's Conference in San Francisco in June 2000.
This veteran forecaster graduated with a degree in Meteorology and gained his weather experience during his ten years with the United States Air Force. During that time he was assigned to the National Emergency Command Aircraft, 1st Airborne Command Control Squadron in direct support of "Air Force One" at Andrews AFB, Maryland. He was a Severe Storms Forecaster, assigned to the Air Force Global Weather Center and also provided aviation forecasts in support of Air Force and Department of Defense missions worldwide. He served a thirteen-month tour in Vietnam from 1970-1971. He is currently a member of the Utah Air National Guard, assigned to the State Headquarters Public Affairs staff, and is the "Voice of the Utah National Guard". Sterling's television career began in 1985 when he joined KSL television in Salt Lake City as a weather producer and meteorologist.
When he is not working at 2News, Sterling is involved as Music Director and Founder of The Choral Arts Society of Utah, conducting as many as six concerts each year with the 120 voice choir. He is Music Director of the Days of '47 Pops Concert and Executive Vice President of the Days of '47 Inc. He also serves on the board of the Clark Planetarium, and chairs the board of the West Valley Symphony of Utah. In his spare time, he is active in the community, speaking to organizations and schools about the television industry, weather and music.
Sterling resides in Centerville with his wife Danette and enjoys fishing and spending time with his family, including his five children and seven grandchildren.
Position: Chief Meteorologist
Year Hired: 1989
First TV Appearance: 1985 - KSL Television
Favorite Story: Tornado 1999, Salt Lake City
Memorable Interview: Robert Shaw, Conductor, Atlanta Symphony & Chorus
Dream Interview: John Williams, Composer
Favorite Program: Jim Cramer - Mad Money
First Story: Migrating Birds
Role Model: Bob Ryan, Past President of the American Meteorological Society
Why I'm A Journalist: I love to tell people about the weather
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah Height: 6 feet
Star Sign: Virgo
Hobbies: Music, Fishing, working in my yard
Favorite Destination: Home
Debbie Worthen - Meteorologist
"Yep, I look taller on TV." It's what meteorologist Debbie Worthen finds herself saying most-often when she meets people for the first time. As the morning and noon meteorologist, she gets to spend most of her time at the weather wall. But what she likes almost as much as the weather is having fun with her friends on the show. She spent her first eight years in broadcasting as a reporter and anchor before making the full-time change to the weather department in 2006. The move came after going back to school for three more years to get certified to be a broadcast meteorologist. (Attention working moms: If you're considering going back call me before you get started! It's a family affair!)
Debbie attended Cottowood High School before graduating from the University of Utah with a Bachelor's of Science in Communications. She has worked in Pocatello, Idaho, Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada. She lives in the south end of the valley with her husband, two daughters and one crazy puppy.Position:
AM Meteorologist and Fresh Living Co-HostYear Hired:
Jun-02 First TV Appearance:
1998 as a traffic reporter for KUTV Favorite Story:
Utah's conjoined twins, Kendra and Maliyah Herrin Memorable Interview:
Jill Allen's parents. She was killed in a murder for hire. They told me about what it takes to get through losing your daughter in a senseless crime. Dream Interview:
Oprah Dream Job:
Sales clerk at Pottery Barn (for the discount)! Favorite Program:
Everybody Loves Raymond First Story:
A casino death in Las Vegas Role Model:
My mom Why I'm A Journalist:
Because I knew I needed a job that would always keep me on my toes. Every day is a new adventure. Alma Mater:
University of Utah Hometown:
Salt Lake City, UT Height:
Playing the piano, shopping, traveling, relaxing with family Favorite Food:
Anything sweet Favorite Sports Team:
Utah Jazz Favorite Musician:
Chris Isaac, The Beautiful South, Alanis Morissette Favorite Author:
Mary Higgins Clark Favorite Moviestar:
Tom Hanks and Susan Sarandon Favorite Destination:
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Jill Margetts - Meteorologist
Jill Margetts is the newest meteorologist to join the 2News Weather team. She is thrilled to be back home in Utah doing what she loves, and working for the station she grew up watching. Whether it's a major snowstorm, intense heat, sub-freezing temperatures or a severe thunderstorm, you can count on Jill's forecast to get you through your week. Jill is a member of the American Meteorological Society and holds their Seal of Approval.
Jill started her t.v. career in Idaho Falls doing the weekend weather and reporting the news. She'll never forget how the brutal Idaho temperatures made her eyeballs feel like they were freezing while she was outside shooting her video. Oddly enough, she also covered a number of snake stories ranging from an 8-foot python lost in the walls of an old apartment building, to hundreds of Garter snakes taking over a family's home. She even fainted at one of these snake stories which earned her the nickname of "the snake reporter".
Her next stop in t.v. news was Memphis Tennessee. Tennessee brought warmer winters, but lots of severe weather. Jill spent countless hours monitoring tornadoes and thunderstorms. At times, Jill and the weather team spent hours on t.v. without commercial breaks, warning people of the severe weather heading their way.
She's now looking forward to living in the great state of Utah, where people actually know how to drive in the snow! Jill's also excited to live close to family.
Position: Noon, 4 PM, 7PM Meteorologist
Year Hired: August 2011
First TV Appearance: 2005 as the weekend weather forecaster at KIFI
Favorite Story: 8-foot python lost in the walls of an old apartment complex in Rexburg, Idaho
Favorite Program: The Amazing Race
Role Model: My mom
Why I'm A Meteorologist: Everyday is a fresh day with a new weather story to tell. I like keeping the
community informed, especially when weather turns severe.
Alma Mater: BYU-Hawaii & BYU-Idaho
Hometown: West Jordan, UT
Hobbies: I love playing softball, scrapbooking (when I have time) and hanging out with my husband and little boy
Favorite Foods: Popcorn and ice cream
Favorite Sports Team: Utah Jazz and BYU Cougars
Favorite Musician: Jack Johnson, Tim McGraw and The Beach Boys
Favorite Destination: St. George
Lindsay Storrs - Meteorologist
Lindsay Storrs joined the 2 News team in July 2004 and is currently the Weekend Meteorologist & Co-host of 2News This Morning Weekend Edition. She was born and raised in Utah Valley. Lindsay developed a love for weather when she was nine years old and learned about tornadoes in her science class. She was fascinated by the subject and, at that young age, made a goal to become be a broadcast meteorologist.
Lindsay graduated from Orem High School and began her broadcast studies at KBYU while attending Brigham Young University. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Physical Geography. From there, she pursued her post-graduate education in Meteorology through USDA Graduate School in Washington D.C.
Lindsay began her career in Lake Charles, Louisiana as the Chief Meteorologist for the local FOX affiliate. From there, she moved to Reno, Nevada where she worked for the local NBC affiliate as their Weekend Meteorologist. In 2004, Lindsay returned home to Utah, where she joined the 2 News Weather Team.
Lindsay is a member of the American Meteorological Society and holds their Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) Seal. The Associated Press has recognized her work with awards for both her weathercasts and severe weather updates.
Lindsay and her family currently reside in Utah Valley. Lindsay enjoys traveling, blogging, eating chocolate, and spending time with her husband, Mike, and their four children--Connor, Aiden, Cohen & Vivienne.
Position: Weekend Meteorologist, 2NewsAM Weekend Anchor
Year Hired: 2004
First TV Appearance: KBYU--January 1999
Dream Job: World Traveler
Favorite Program: The Amazing Race
Role Model: My Mom
Why I'm A Journalist: I have loved weather for as long as I can remember! I never even thought of doing anything else!
Alma Mater: BYU
Hometown: Orem, Utah
Star Sign: Libra
Hobbies: Blogging, traveling, & eating anything with sugar
Favorite Food: Chocolate
Favorite Sports Team: BYU--of course
Favorite Destination: Southern California