One of the biggest struggles reporters and producers have across the news industry is getting all the amazing information we gathered into one minute and thirty seconds on a TV news report or a 1000-word print article. On KSL+, we're taking you behind the headlines, showing you the content that didn't make air and the history and context behind some of today's biggest stories. You can also watch a video version of the KSL plus podcast on the KSL TV app.
KSL+: Efficacy of police pursuits
After the police pursuit of a drunk driver left a local mother and entrepreneur dead and her friend badly injured, her husband is now fighting to change policies in Utah surrounding police chases. We look at the efficacy of police pursuits—does the good outweigh the harm?
KSL+: Deep dive into the supply chain
We’ve been hearing lots about the supply chain and how it’s broken. But what does that really mean? We dive into the ins and outs of the complicated network that stocks our shelves.
KSL+: Talking to your kids about race
After a two-year investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice found serious and widespread racial harassment in Davis schools. It’s opened up a lot of discussion about racism in schools, and where it comes from. We sat down with the anti-racism educator behind the podcast First Name Basis to better understand how we can teach our children…and ourselves… about becoming anti-racist.
Context surrounding redistricting battle
A battle over boundaries. The opportunity only comes once every decade...using new census data to reconfigure district maps for members of congress...state legislators and school boards. We're focusing on the congressional map and the controversy surrounding it.
Full video version and full transcript, click HERE.
The signs of domestic abuse and violence
One in four American women will experience intimate partner or domestic violence at some point in their life. Nearly half of all homicides in Utah are related to domestic violence. This week, we look at the signs of violence in your relationship or the relationships around you.
The division surrounding Bear's Ears
A reversal in a years-long land dispute in southern Utah. President Joe Biden expanding Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, drawing praise from tribal leaders and conservationists, and criticism from some residents and state leaders and delegates. But why the back and forth over the years and what does this latest decision mean for the land and people moving forward?
Video and transcript at ksltv.com/kslplus
A deeper look at "where are the workers?"
We know that many industries are struggling with staffing right now. But where did all the workers go? We know for sure, they aren’t living off unemployment. This week, News Specialist Deanie Wimmer looked at where the workers went and she joins us to look at what businesses will need to do to get people back.
KSL+: Overwhelmed hospitals leaving non-COVID patients worried
As Utah hospitals fill up with COVID patients, most of them unvaccinated, others looking for treatment are having their procedures and treatments postponed. We talk with one Utah family that is worried they miss the one chance at a kidney transplant as hospitals delay surgeries.
Growing “true crime” genre impacting Petito case
The Gabby Petito case grabbed people's attention from the time she was reported missing, speculating on Reddit, Tiktok, even diving into all of Gabby's social media accounts, including her Spotify. And while much is said about how detrimental this kind of speculation can be, the tips that poured in, including a Youtube video showing Gabby's van---helped authorities know where to look to find her. Where is the line between hurting and helping?
Looking back at long term impacts of 9/11
All this week, KSL has been examining the lasting impacts of 9/11 as we approach the 20th anniversary. On KSL+ we dive deeper into the missed opportunities that may have kept us from the great divide we experiencing today.
To watch the full video version or read the full transcript, click HERE.
Research Shows Frontline Medical Workers Struggling With Mental Health, Burnout
ORIGINALLY AIRED FEBRUARY 25, 2021.
CONTENT WARNING: Discussion of suicide
It's been more than a year, and hospitals are again filling up with COVID-19 patients. While people outside try to get back to normal, people treating COVID patients, and those supporting that treatment, have had a nearly never-ending barrage of hard work and heartbreak. And it's taking a toll. We look at the mental health impacts of the pandemic and some of the barriers to treatment for those in the medical field.
To watch a video version and for a full transcript, go HERE.
KSL+: Utahns Stuck in Afghanistan
As the world watches in horror at the fall of the Afghan government, just days after the US troop withdrawal, there are Utahns with a special connection to the country. Some served there in the military, some fled two decades ago. We talk with them.
To watch the full video version and read the full transcript, go HERE.
One-on-One With Dr. Angela Dunn
We sit down with Dr. Angela Dunn in her new role with the Salt Lake County Health Department. She explains her worries heading into the new school year, and her hopes for public health in the future.
Watch full video version or read a full transcript HERE.
Jingle Dress Project Brings Healing Through Dance
Heal the people, protect the sacred. During this disruptive and devastating pandemic a group of Native Americans from Utah are bringing a different kind of healing to the people and the land across the United States. The Jingle Dress Project was inspired by a dream, a dream today and 100 years ago.
Watch the full video version and read the full transcript HERE.
Restaurants Still Struggling To Find Workers
It's been several months since extra unemployment benefits ended in Utah, which was meant to give many struggling industries a boost. For restaurants at least, that hasn't been the case--many still struggling to fill open positions. We speak with a restaurant owner, as well as a server who left the industry during the pandemic.
Watch full video version and read a full transcript HERE.
Changing Landscape for Wildland Firefighters
"It's no longer a fire season. It's a fire year."
As fire seasons get longer and more intense, Utah is struggling to keep up, especially when it comes to staff. It's a lot of long hours, low wages, and dangerous work. We look at what will be needed to get firefighters to apply, and then stick around for wildland jobs as the need becomes greater across the country.
Watch the video version and read a full transcript HERE.
Republicans Begin Climate Work
Republicans, led by Utah Representative John Curtis, are starting to address climate change. We talk with Rep. Curtis about what he hopes to get out of the new Conservative Climate Caucus. Plus, we talk with an environmental educator about the best ways to talk about climate change with people who may still be on the fence.
To watch the video version or read a transcript of this episode, go HERE
Immigration Issues Impact All Of Us
Across Utah and the country, several industries are struggling to get the qualified workers they need to build buildings and homes and to help put food on the table. Garna Mejia joins us to break down the solutions company owners want to see enacted.
To watch the video version and read the full transcript, go HERE.
Untangling The Web Of Firework Legality
Who has power to do what, where? That’s the loaded question right now surrounding fireworks this year, in the middle of an unprecedented drought. KSL + looks at what can and can’t be done legally for fireworks.
To watch the video version and read a transcript, go HERE.
NCAA to Reexamine Rules Banning Athletes from Profiting Off NIL
We dive into the debate on whether college athletes should profit off their name, image and likeness. KSL Sports Anchor/Reporter Sam Farnsworth helps break down the push to allow them to get paid and how we got here. And two former Utah college players explain why they think the country is headed on the wrong direction on this issue.
To watch the video version and for full transcript, click HERE.
Severe Drought, How Did We Get Here?
The Western United States are facing a big problem--drought. Currently more than 50% of the western states are in a drought--100% of Utah is classified as in a drought right now. Reservoirs are at levels we usually see at the end of the summer, and it's only the second week in June.
Last week, Utah Governor Spencer Cox asked Utahns to pray for water. We need water, there's no denying that.
But the Utah Rivers Council says there are changes we could be making--and should have been making for years--to help us better prepare for years like this, where Mother Nature isn't cooperating.
What Will COVID Look Like Next Month, Next Year, Next Decade?
As more and more Americans get vaccinated, there are worries we won't ever get to that magical "herd immunity" threshold. But we learn from one expert that it's not quite that simple. Plus, the mathematical formula that's predicting what COVID will look like in a decade.
Watch the full video version and for a full transcript, go HERE.
Understanding the Current Housing Market
If you know anyone trying to buy a house right now, you know that they’re probably having a rough time.
Utah real estate prices have shot up and everyone’s pointing fingers. From Californians moving to Utah, to the cost of lumber, to the pandemic, they’re all pretty common scapegoats for frustrated buyers. The fact is, no matter the cause, the number of homes for sale right now is significantly lower than normal.
So why exactly is this happening? What is next? How is this different from the housing crisis of 2008? What do you need to do set yourself apart in such a competitive market? Unaffordable Utah reporter Ladd Egan joins us to help break it down.
To watch the full video version and for a full transcript, go HERE.
Utah's Role in Anti-Asian Rhetoric and How We Can Do Better Now
(Originally aired 5/12/21) May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We see the Asian influence all around us—from music to food to Oscar nominated movies. At the same time — anti-Asian rhetoric has peaked. For many of us, higher than we’ve seen our lifetimes and jumping to the forefront of our national conversations.
For people who are not Asian, this may feel like a sudden rise in Anti-Asian rhetoric brought on by COVID-19. But there’s a history here. And to better understand what’s happening now — we’re taking a look at the past.
Watch the full video version or see the full transcript HERE.
Breaking Down the American Families Plan
(Originally aired 5/6/21)
President Joe Biden’s has touted the proposed American Families Plan as an investment in our children, our families, and our economic future. Like the American Rescue Plan, which passed in March, and the American Jobs Proposal, currently on the table, the Families Plan has a huge price tag.
As you might expect, this is getting a lot of mixed reaction from lawmakers. But we wanted to get Behind the Headlines and take a deeper look at where Utah families are struggling, and what impact the President’s proposal might have.
To watch the full video version and see the full transcript, go HERE.
Group Reverses District's Special Ed Change, But This Isn't the First or Last Time
(Originally aired 4/29/21) Earlier this month, a group of moms went viral in a video asking the Jordan School District to reverse its decision to move the Life Skills and Peer Mentoring program from every high school in the district to just a few. An online petition garnered more than 54,000 signatures and the district ultimately reversed the decision.
Our colleague Debbie Worthen reported on this story and we wanted to dive a little deeper, looking at some of the history and context around special education in this country. What does equal access to education look like? What is required by the law? And what should we be doing simply because it’s the right thing.
Next Steps for Policing After Chauvin Trial
(Originally aired 4/22/21)
Former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all three charges against him in the death of George Floyd. The prosecution told the jury to believe their eyes — referring to the video seen around the world showing Chauvin kneeling on top of Floyd. And the jury believed it. Making their decision after roughly 10 hours of deliberation. And the reaction from Salt Lake City to Minneapolis was immediate.
What does the verdict in this one compelling case mean for the ongoing movement to change policing?
Watch the full video version and to see the full transcript, go HERE.
COVID Impacts: Education
(Originally aired 4/1/21) This week on KSL+, we look at how the pandemic has impacted education, continuing our series looking at what the world will look like post-COVID. We look at the five changes that educators think will stick moving forward.
Watch the full video version and see the full transcript HERE.
COVID Impacts: Business
(Originally aired 3/25/21) A year out from the beginning of the pandemic, this week marked nearly a year since Utah Gov. Gary Herbert launched the Stay Safe, Stay Home initiative, encouraging people to stay home where they could, especially encouraging people to work from home when they could.
That marked a huge change for many people. Now we recognize that not all industries were able to move to working from home. Healthcare, restaurants, construction, hospitality, all still required most workers to show up on site every day. But in many industries, working from home was possible and required a quick pivot–and has created some big changes in many different industries. For many, the pandemic has highlighted many problems within our businesses that have been around for decades–and is pushing us to find solutions.
To watch the full video version and to see the full transcript, go HERE.
COVID Impacts: Healthcare
(Originally aired 3/18/21) After every natural disaster, pandemic, or other traumatic event, there are ripples felt for generations. Families of 2.6 million people around the world are dealing with loss due to COVID-19 and countless more who have been impacted financially, mentally or physically.
What changes will we see 5, 10, 20 years down the road that we’ll trace back to the year 2020 and COVID? One year in, we’re looking at changes to healthcare that will likely stick around as we head into what many call our new normal.
Watch the full video version and see the transcript HERE.