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.
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.