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Web Extra: Can We Ever Solve Homelessness?



On December 8th, RadioWest’s Doug Fabrizio and the Salt lake City Public Library hosted a virtual conversation about homelessness. Is it a problem that can actually be solved?

Homelessness, with its heartaches and complications, has plagued America for decades. Utah’s approach to helping its unsheltered population has ranged from subsidized housing to increasing its amount of homeless resource centers. But with the recent economic recession, a booming housing market and the continued fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities and the unsheltered are combating additional strains.


  • Erin Mendenhall, Mayor of Salt Lake City
  • Jean Hill, Director of Government Relations, Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City
  • Wayne Niederhauser, State Homeless Services Coordinator
  • Sydney Brownstone, Reporter for The Seattle Times

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.