KUED is launching a new weekly half-hour public affairs series in partnership with the Hinckley Institute of Politics at The University of Utah.
“The Hinckley Report,” airing Fridays at 7:30 p.m., features host Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute and University of Utah vice president for government relations, with a rotating panel of Utah journalists discussing the week’s events and political issues. Perry has served as chief of staff for Gov. Gary Herbert and as executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development under Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. The alternate host will be Morgan Lyon Cotti, the Hinckley Institute’s State Program Manager. The first installment will air on Sept. 30.
“‘The Hinckley Report’ was created to elevate the dialogue surrounding pressing political issues—and how they relate to Utah,” said Perry. “We are thrilled to collaborate with KUED in providing Utahns with in-depth and expert analysis on a weekly basis.”
Lisa D. Olken, KUED director of content, said, “When we thought of launching a public affairs series to provide insight into and analysis of Utah news and political issues, we naturally thought of a partnership with the Hinckley Institute. We’re pleased to be collaborating with them to offer this timely and relevant weekly series to the community.”
Produced by KUED’s Erik Nielsen and filmed in the KUED Cleone Peterson Eccles Studio, “The Hinckley Report” is modeled after PBS’ “Washington Week,” a roundtable of journalists discussing the issues of the week.
“We’re launching the series now to try to help viewers make sense of the very interesting 2016 presidential elections,” said Nielsen. “We’ll cover local issues including Utah elections and the 2017 legislative session. Guest journalists will provide insight into topics they cover regularly.”
The Hinckley Institute of Politics is a nonpartisan institute located on the University of Utah campus. Established in 1965 through the generous bequest of the Noble Foundation and Robert H. Hinckley, the nonpartisan institute was one of the first of its kind in the nation. It was founded with the mission to engage students in governmental, civic and political processes; promote a better understanding and appreciation of politics; and train ethical and visionary students for public service. Since its founding, the Hinckley Institute has provided a wide range of programs for students, public school teachers and the general public.