wildly curious
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Federal Employees in the Crosshairs


A recent investigation by High Country News uncovered dozens of cases of threats and violence against federal employees managing public lands in the West. According to the magazine’s editors, given the ugly nature of our national politics and the hostile rhetoric coming from the political fringes, it’s only a matter of time before more people get hurt. Tuesday, we’re talking about what inspires hatred of federal employees in the West, Utah’s role in that conflict, and what can be done about it.

Read High Country News' reports on threats and violence against public-lands employees.


  • Ray Ring is a senior editor of High Country News.
  • Speaker Becky Lockhart (R) represents Utah's 64th legislative district. She is a vocal proponent of Utah's efforts to assume control of federal lands. 
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.
Related Content