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Utah Governor Spencer Cox

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Steve Griffin
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Deseret News

This week, Spencer Cox became Utah’s 18th governor. He takes office during a deep political divide, a global pandemic and an economic crisis. So, what are his plans to see Utah safely through this difficult time? 

From most accounts, it was a surprising upset when Cox, then-Lieutenant Governor to Gary Herbert, beat out former Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. in the June 2020 Republican primaries. But Cox has been a steadily rising political star for years: First as a city councilor in his Fairview hometown, then mayor, then a Sanpete County commissioner, then as a member of the Utah House of Representative, then Lieutenant Governor and now finally, Utah’s top political position. This Friday at 11 a.m., we’ll talk with the newly inaugurated governor about the state of local politics and his plans for Utah in the coming four years.

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.