Salt Lake City—KUER 90.1, Utah’s statewide NPR affiliate, has hired veteran investigative journalist Andrew Becker to direct its newsroom. Becker spent more than a decade covering border, homeland and national security issues, most recently for The Center for Investigative Reporting + Reveal in the San Francisco Bay Area. His reporting has focused on waste, fraud and abuse. His stories have ranged from corruption and the expanding use of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles along the U.S.-Mexico border to the militarization of police and the intersection of politics and policy related to immigration, terrorism and drug trafficking. Becker’s work at Reveal was honored recently by Best in the West when Up Against the Wall took first place in podcasting. A recent transplant to Salt Lake City, Becker started working on a regionally focused investigative podcast for KUER in January. That project, The Monarch, is still in production. Listeners can catch a sneak preview at True Stories, a night of live, non-fiction, presented by Utah journalists at the State Room on May 15 at 7:30. Becker’s reporting has also appeared in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Mother Jones and on National Public Radio and PBS/FRONTLINE, among others. His work has spurred congressional action, been cited in U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. District Court briefs, resulted in White House meetings and highlighted by John Oliver on “Last Week Tonight.” Recent honors include a National Emmy nomination and awards from the Online Journalism Association and Society of Professional Journalists. He has won fellowships from John Jay College in New York City and the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He also sits on an advisory board for the National Center on Disability and Journalism, based at Arizona State University. He received a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley. KUER’s Managing Editor, Julia Ritchey, will continue in her leadership role in the newsroom. Ritchey came to Utah from KUNR in Reno in October 2016, quickly earning a loyal following among listeners and on social media for her political reporting. She cohosted the second season of KUER’s podcast “45 Days,” covering the Utah Legislature, earlier this year.
Salt Lake City—CR is a Salt Lake City-based structural consulting firm engineering projects throughout Utah, the U.S. and abroad. Established in 2005, the firm has earned a reputation for challenging projects including: new high schools for Farmington and Provo, historical adaptive re-use buildings in downtown Salt Lake City, and on-going engineering for national Fortune 500 companies. The firm announced David Marshall recently passed his Utah Professional Engineering (P.E.) licensing exam. Marshall has been with the firm for five years and graduated with a Master’s in Civil Engineering degree (structural) from Utah State University. In addition, Parker Syndergaard recently joined the firm as an Engineer-in-Training. With a Master’s in Civil Engineering (structural) from Utah State University, Syndergaard assists the firm’s senior staff designing commercial and institutional building projects.
Salt Lake City—UpWell Health, a leading provider of healthcare services, support, and solutions for people living with chronic conditions, announced that it has rounded out its leadership team with the appointments of two executive hires to support its rapid growth as the company expands market share. Patrick Grosso has assumed the role of chief administrative officer and Josh Walker has joined the company as chief operating officer. Grosso, who brings 19 years of private and public company operations experience to UpWell, has assumed the role of chief administrative officer, overseeing all business administration and legal functions and the development of strategic initiatives that help the company achieve core organizational objectives. Previously, he served as Skullcandy’s chief legal officer and vice president of strategic initiatives and corporate affairs, leading several departments internationally. Walker has joined the company as chief operating officer, bringing more than 15 years of healthcare experience and a reputation for strong leadership and catalyzing business growth. Prior to UpWell, Walker served as COO at both Imagine Health and Optum, UnitedHealth Group’s $40 billion health services arm. At UpWell, he oversees the technology, information technology, pharmacy operations, and project management teams. UpWell has made several other additions to its leadership team to strengthen departments across the organization, including marketing, member services, and business development. Valerie Adams Meffert joined UpWell as vice president of marketing earlier this year. In this role, she is responsible for UpWell’s brand, content, communications, and member experience. She was previously vice president of engagement at Mercato Partners, an active growth equity investor in the technology and branded consumer sectors. Josh Harris is UpWell’s new vice president of member services, leading the company’s member-facing and demand generation teams. Josh brings a wealth of experience in sales and customer experience to this role, previously having served as Clearlink’s vice president of sales, where he grew a team of 30 people into more than 1,000 employees over the span of eight years. Melissa Floren has been appointed vice president of strategic partnerships, and is responsible for identifying, nurturing, and growing key relationships with industry partners to deliver on the UpWell vision. She joined UpWell after leading customer success and business development at Imagine Health, bringing years of healthcare experience to this new role.
Salt Lake City—Intermountain Healthcare’s Board of Trustees has chosen Utah business and civic leader Gail Miller as chair of the Intermountain Board. She succeeds Scott Anderson, who remains on the Board as chair emeritus and who has stepped down at the completion of his six-year term. Intermountain’s Board of Trustees is comprised of 20 individuals who volunteer their time without pay to direct the not-for-profit organization. Board members set policy, create goals, evaluate management’s performance, and ensure Intermountain operates in the best interests of the community. Board chairs are elected by the Board. Miller joined the Intermountain Healthcare Board of Trustees in 2013. She serves on several committees, including the Executive Committee and the Community Relations Committee. Miller is the owner of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies and chair of its Board of Directors. She is actively engaged in the various operations of the company, including the administration of the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation. She is Trustee Emeritus of Salt Lake Community College, serves on the National Advisory Council for the University of Utah, and holds an honorary alumni award from Brigham Young University. Miller is passionate about the Utah community, and in addition to serving on Intermountain’s Board, she is involved with several initiatives, boards and organizations with an emphasis on healthcare, education and homelessness. Miller is also the recipient of three honorary degrees: a Doctor of Humanities from Weber State University and Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College. In 2012, the Intermountain Healthcare Research and Medical Foundation honored Miller with the Legacy of Life Award. In 2015, she received the Salt Lake Chamber’s highest award, A Giant In Our City.