Emily Means


Emily Means hadn’t intended to be a journalist, but after two years of studying chemistry at the University of Utah, she found her fit in the school’s communication program. Diving headfirst into student media opportunities, Means worked as a host, producer and programming director for K-UTE Radio as well as a news writer and copy editor at The Daily Utah Chronicle. 

  Means has worked at many of Salt Lake City’s media organizations, starting her radio career as a board operator at KSL NewsRadio. She then balanced several news positions, working as producer of The Salt Lake Tribune’s web show, Trib Talk; associate producer for KRCL 90.9’s current affairs program, RadioActive; and a legislative intern for KCPW 88.3. 

  After accepting a full-time position at KCPW, Means created In The Hive, an award-winning, weekly current affairs program. She hosted and produced the program as a one-woman show for more than a year. At the same time, Means produced three other programs at KCPW: the political debate program Both Sides of the Aisle; the weekly news wrap-up Behind the Headlines; and Jazz Time with Steve Williams. 

  As KPCW’s Park City beat reporter, Means reports on the issues and affairs that drive Park City as well as providing coverage of the state legislature. She lives in Salt Lake City, listens to lots of podcasts and loves to try local restaurants, coffee shops and breweries. 

The Park City Council discussed its recession and budgeting plan, as the city faces nearly a $4 million shortfall for the rest of the fiscal year. 

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Park City Library

The Park City Library was one of the first municipal facilities to close in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. But that hasn’t kept librarians from connecting with kids. 

Under normal circumstances, the Park City Library hosts programs for children almost every day of the week, including story times, sing-a-longs, and more. Youth Services Librarian Katrina Kmak says the programming draws anywhere from 20 to 70 children and adults on a typical day.

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Around 1,300 international students come to Park City for the winter season, to work at the resorts or in other seasonal jobs throughout the community. 

In a normal year, when the ski season lasts until early April, international student workers in Park City on a J-1 visa would typically work until March 16 or 17, says Pete Stoughton, director of programming at the Christian Center of Park City. After that, they might travel the country for a month, visiting national parks or other cultural sites, before heading back to their home countries.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert wears a blue mask as he stands by during a press briefing on COVID-19 earlier this year.
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As we head into a holiday weekend and spring break for some, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced a new order related to travel into the state. 


Utah Department of Health released new numbers Wednesday afternoon about COVID-19 in the state.

The Park City Council meets Thursday for a last-minute discussion on the city’s economic status during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The next city council meeting was scheduled for April 16, but Park City Manager Matt Dias says the council needs to be briefed on two important items sooner than later – and the public needs to hear from councilmembers.


Last week, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert issued an executive order freezing evictions until May 15. The governor expects tenants to have a bit more money in their pockets by then, due to unemployment benefits and funding from the federal CARES Act. But some renters don’t qualify for those benefits.

The Utah Department of Health reported 1,675 confirmed COVID-19 cases Monday and five additional deaths related to the virus. 


Utah Department of Health released new numbers Monday afternoon about COVID-19 in the state.

Representatives from local and state economic organizations joined Park City Mayor Andy Beerman and Councilmember Max Doilney Friday to discuss emergency funding options for Park City-area businesses and nonprofits. 


The Utah Department of Health released new numbers Sunday afternoon about COVID-19 in the state.

There are 1,605 confirmed cases statewide, up 177 from Saturday. Summit County has 256 cases, an increase of 26 from Saturday, and 16 patients have been hospitalized. Wasatch County has 78 confirmed cases, up eight from the day before. Four have been hospitalized. 



The Utah Department of Health released new numbers Saturday afternoon about COVID-19 in the state.

There are 1,428 confirmed cases statewide, up 182 from Friday. Summit County has 230 cases, an increase of 8 from Friday, and 14 patients have been hospitalized. Wasatch County has 70 confirmed cases, up one from the day before. Four have been hospitalized. 

Members of Utah’s COVID-19 economic task force clarified Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s executive order on rent and evictions. 

Utah Apartment Association Executive Director Paul Smith says Herbert’s executive order doesn’t absolve tenants of their rent payments.

“Some people have been reporting that renters no longer have to pay rent,” Smith said. “That is not true. Some people have been reporting that renters are going to be forgiven or excused of rent. That is not true.”


Businesses from Silicon Slopes, Utah’s tech sector, have created an online tool in partnership with the state to collect more data about where Utah’s COVID-19 hotspots are and who should be tested. Through the TestUtah initiative, there’s now an online survey for anyone to take – with or without symptoms – to recommend whether people should seek testing.


The Utah Department of Health released new numbers Thursday afternoon about COVID-19 in the state.

There are 1,074 confirmed cases statewide, up 62 from Wednesday. Summit County has 204 cases, the same from yesterday. Eleven patients have been hospitalized. Wasatch County has 61 confirmed cases, up four from the day before. Three have been hospitalized.