Carolyn Murray


KPCW reporter Carolyn Murray covers Summit and Wasatch County School Districts.  She also reports on wildlife and environmental stories, along with breaking news.  Carolyn has been in town since the mid ‘80s and raised two daughters in Park City. 

 Originally from the New York metro area, Carolyn came to Utah to attend college, earning degrees from the University of Utah in political science and French.  After college, Carolyn started her career in retail, moving to sales and business marketing and management.  Taking a hiatus to raise her girls, she pursued many volunteer endeavors in the schools and in the community.  She initiated the citizen-led, city-wide, $15 million walkability bond that passed in 2007.  The bond funded sidewalks and bike paths.  It also resulted in a tunnel under Kearns Boulevard near the school campus and one under Bonanza Drive, which connects the city’s Old Town district with the Prospector neighborhood and the Rail Trail. 

 A news junky for decades and years of civic engagement set in motion a passion for the community.  Since 2016, Carolyn has worked with the KPCW news team and readily offers that it’s the best professional experience of her life so far. 

 A hiking, biking and skiing enthusiast, she spends her free time in the mountains and deserts.  

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Park City High School



The Utah Education Association met in an emergency meeting on Monday night to address concerns about opening Utah schools for in-person classes this fall. 


The teacher advocacy organization is asking Gov. Gary Herbert and the Utah Board of Education to delay in-person school attendance in those areas where COVID-19 cases are surging.



Park City Film’s annual summer drive-in screening series held in Prospector has already sold out, but the nonprofit is offering another summer drive-in movie series at the Utah Olympic Park. Executive Director Katy Wang says the organization has partnered with local events company Dragonfly Media Technologies to bring in updated technology that allows films to start before the sun goes down – a first for Park City Film. 


Park City Chamber/Bureau

 Applications are now open for the Mountainland Association of Governments’ second round of COVID-19 relief for small businesses in Summit and Wasatch counties.


Program Coordinator Jess Bedingfield says the first round of funds totaled a little over $400,000 and served 94 small businesses in the Wasatch Back.


The Mountainland Association of Governments is a coalition of the county governments in Utah, Wasatch and Summit counties.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah

If you want to help the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Wasatch and Summit Counties, you don’t have to take on a major project.

   Just Do Something.
Lacy Cole Rae, the manager of the program on the Wasatch Back, told KPCW that their major event is usually a bowling fundraiser in March. But the COVID-19 outbreak cancelled that.Instead, they’re organizing the Do Something For Kids campaign for the Pioneer Day weekend.

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Park City High School

Classes start Aug. 20 for students in Park City. District administration continues work this summer to make schools as safe as possible for the return of students. Building operations will be different with COVID-19 prevention measures.


Today on the Local News Hour: 

(06:16) - Big Brothers Big Sisters Wasatch and Summit County Manager Lacey Cole-Rae and Park City Police Captain Phil Kirk talked with Carolyn about the BBBS virtual fund raiserevent and the project, 60 Men in 60 Days.

(21:23) - The Weilenmann School of Discovery Executive Director Steve Williams talked about his new position as ED and the preparations they’ve put in place to welcome kids and teachers Back To School.

Park City School District / PCSD

On Tuesday, the Park City School District presented its return to school plans to the Park City Board of Education, covering many facets of operational and academic protocols. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, things will look very different as students return to school in August as families with school-aged children weigh the different schooling options available. 


On today's Local News Hour:

(03:37) Park City Scholl District Superintendent Jill Gildea and Chief Operations officer Mike Tanner talk about the district's plans for reopening schools on August 20th.

(20:42) Executive Director of the HPCA Alison Kuhlow discusses how the car free Sunday's experience on Main Street is going.

(34:24) Erin Ferguson from Save People Save Wildlife has an update on their work to make the I-80 area near Kimball Junction safer for animals and motorists.

Today on the Local News Hour: 

(07:21) - Park City Fire Chief Paul Hewitt and Summit County Fire Warden Bryce Boyer talk about the fire works ban in place in Summit County.

(23:07) - Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson has a preview of the Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday.

Wasatch School District

Back-to-school season is usually an exciting time for kids and families, but with the COVID-19 state mandated school closures in March, districts are working to come up with a game plan to bring everyone back safely. 


On Tuesday, the Wasatch County Board of Education will vote on a plan which will give students options for how they will return to classes this fall.


Mountain Trails Foundation

Summit County’s 100-plus nonprofits have worked to find clever ways to craft events that encourage community engagement despite the COVID-19 distancing restrictions. The Bike Jam 2020 was one valiant effort made by Mountain Town Music and Mountain Trails. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event is canceled for this year.


Mountain Town Music Executive Director Brian Richards says they organized a thoughtful, safe, public event that would bring music door to door throughout Summit County. 


On today's Local News Hour:

( 04:40 ) Wasatch school district academic director Garrick Petersen talks about the vote the school board will take at Tuesday’s meeting to open schools in the district. 

( 20:40 ) Peace house clinical director Nicole Herway talks about expanded clinical offerings for individuals and families who are victims of domestic violence.  ( 33:19) Snyderville basin trails manager Matt Waggoner explains the changes coming to manage parking and usage issues at a couple of popular trailheads n the Basin.     

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With theaters dark and no sign of opening soon, Park City Film has come up with a plan to keep us engaged with the important stories that are told through cinema: Drive-in movies.


The nonprofit’s annual drive-in movie series held in Prospector Square will return soon, joined by another series of screenings held at the Utah Olympic Park’s parking lot tentatively titled “Olympic Park After Dark.”


On today's Local News Hour:

( 06:24) Faith Heaton Jolley with the Division of Wildlife Resources talks with KPCW about managing the spread of Quagga mussels in Utah’s water systems and how to be safe when interacting with wildlife.

( 14:31) Park City Council Member Max Doilney has a recap from the council meeting last night.

(  29:46) KPCW bids farewell to Reporter David Boyle who is leaving to pursue new opportunities in his journalism career.

Today on the Local News Hour: 

(08:17) - Summit County Council member Chris Robinson has a recap of Wednesday’s meeting.

(24:31) - Snyderville Basin Planning Commissioner Canice Hart discusses the planning meeting which included a positive recommendation on an application for The Summit county Clubhouse to locate in an existing residence along Highland Drive.

(37:55) - Park City Film Director Katy Wang has the monthly update which includes information on upcoming drive-in movie events and virtual access to screening a number of films.