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Lee Hale


Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Past articles by Lee:


How a near-death experience could change the way you live

When Randy Schiefer was hospitalized with COVID-19, he wasn't sure he would survive. Now, he looks back at that experience as the most important thing that has ever happened to him. → Read More


For Heather and Kerry, their tour through a Mormon temple is a bittersweet experience

For Kerry Pray and her wife, Heather, touring a Latter-day Saint temple is a cathartic, eye-opening and emotional experience. → Read More


Social media misinformation stokes a worsening civil war in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, old ethnic tensions are being incited in new ways. And that means the bloody civil war may be entering an even more destructive phase. → Read More


Low's 'Hey What' Finds The Duo Strong And Forever Searching

Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker of Low talk with NPR's Lee Hale about their newest album HEY WHAT and how they're still finding their sound. → Read More


Big Companies Are Finding Out They Need Help With Diversity Messaging

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with DEI consultant Lily Zheng about how the diversity, equity and inclusion industry has changed after 2020's racial injustice protests and how companies are responding. → Read More

LDS Church Holds General Conference During Pandemic, Announces First Temple In China

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints revealed a new logo, announced new temples in China and Dubai and made a rare proclamation at its worldwide → Read More

Cookie Boom: Why You Probably Live Within Delivery Distance Of A Giant 6 Ounce Cookie

On a recent rainy Wednesday, across the street from Salt Lake City’s Temple Square, Mirella Cardoso faced a not totally inconsequential choice: what kind → Read More

Who Gets Credit For Change In The LDS Church?

There’s an understanding among Latter-day Saints: Change in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints happens from the top when God speaks through → Read More

Utah Artist Paints Trump Making A Break For The Endzone

Utah artist Jon McNaughton has become known for his depictions of President Donald Trump. As an ardent supporter of the president, McNaughton often → Read More

'Tis The Season For "Porch Piracy"

Salt Lake City is ranked No. 2 among U.S. metro areas most susceptible to package theft, according to a survey by Utah-based review site SafeWise released → Read More

Mormon Pageants Exit Stage Left

Mormon pageants — big theatrical dramatizations of church history and scripture stories — have been part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints → Read More

Tribune Columnist Robert Kirby Suspended Following Inquiry Prompted By Facebook Post

Readers of The Salt Lake Tribune may have noticed something missing over the weekend - an article from popular columnist Robert Kirby, who was suspended → Read More

Tribune Columnist Robert Kirby Apologizes For His Treatment Of Writer Courtney Kendrick

Salt Lake Tribune columnist Robert Kirby apologized today for his inappropriate behavior toward Utah writer Courtney Kendrick during a Mormon conference → Read More

Utah Governor Asks Former Teachers To Return To The Classroom

Utah Governor Gary Herbert is asking teachers who have left the profession to consider returning to the classroom as schools are struggling with a shortage → Read More

'I Don't Want To Be Illegal Anymore': One Mormon's Complicated Relationship With Marijuana

Marijuana and Mormonism don't usually go together. And that puts Jason Harris in a cloudy position, even if pot has essentially cleared up his life. → Read More

Utah's '100 Deadliest Days' Were Even Deadlier This Year

The period from Memorial Day to Labor Day is known as the "100 Deadliest Days" on Utah roads because they typically result in the most highway fatalities → Read More

The LDS Church Doesn't Want To Be Called The 'LDS Church' Anymore

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is asking media organizations to stop using the terms "LDS Church," "Mormon Church" or even "Mormons" when → Read More

Tyler Glenn, Lead Singer Of Neon Trees, Says LOVELOUD Brought More Personal Healing Than Expected

The LOVELOUD music festival, a celebration of Utah’s LGBTQ community, is returning to the state for the second year in a row. Although, this time the → Read More

Can The LDS Church Be Blamed For Utah’s LGBT Suicides?

It was a controversial yet common refrain about suicide, Mormons and LGBT people in Utah, this time from daytime TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. → Read More

Utah Venue Cancels On 'March For Our Lives' Activists Days Before Event

Activists from Parkland High School in Florida who were scheduled to hold a panel on gun control this Saturday at a movie theater in South Jordan are → Read More