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The Salt Lake Tribune's Nonprofit Future

Renee Bright / KUER

The Salt Lake Tribune has undergone lots of changes in the recent past, but nothing like what it plans next. The newspaper announced it plans last week to become a nonprofit. What does that mean for the future of journalism in Utah?

RadioWest divider.

After years of financial struggles, after multiple rounds of layoffs, after being sold by a hedge fund to a local wealthy businessman, and after yet more layoffs, after all of that, the Salt Lake Tribune is poised for another major change. The newspaper announced last week that it plans to reorganize as a nonprofit. It’s something that’s never been tried before. Monday, the paper’s publisher, Paul Huntsman, is among our guests as we discuss what that means for the future of journalism in Utah.


  • Paul Huntsman is the owner and publisher of the Salt Lake Tribune.
  • Jennifer Napier-Pearce is the editor of the newspaper.
  • Magda Konieczna is an assistant professor of journalism at Temple University and the author of Journalism Without Profit: Making News When the Market Fails.
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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