Katie McKellar, Deseret News

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Deseret News

Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Recent articles by Katie:

Utah House overturns Salt Lake, Summit county mask mandates, effective immediately

The Utah House voted 45-29 Friday morning to end the locally-imposed COVID-19 mask mandates in Salt Lake and Summit counties. The governor does not have the power to veto it. → Read More

What did we learn from 2021? Polarization, misinformation is literally killing people, Utah governor says

Reflecting on his first year as Utah’s governor, Gov. Spencer Cox told the Deseret News what he considers the highs and lows of 2021 — and why his call in his inaugural address to root out the "contempt" in the nation’s political discourse is more important than ever. → Read More

A 118 mph gust was recorded in Wyoming. Here’s what else is in store for the West

Clark, Wyoming, saw a powerful, 118-mph gust Sunday amid a snowy winter weekend with high winds and icy conditions for large swaths of the western U.S. Here’s what else is in the forecast for states in the West including Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. → Read More


The West's housing crunch began over a decade ago. Here's why

Utah, Idaho, Arizona and Nevada cap off two years of record-breaking home sales, but the West's housing crunch began long before the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More


Utah city tops list for predicted 2022 housing market. Here's why Gov. Cox isn't proud of it

Salt Lake City has topped another national list for its boiling housing market, this time outpacing even its closest competitor — Boise, Idaho. → Read More

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox’s first year in office is almost over. How are his approval ratings?

A new Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll reveals what Utahns think of Gov. Spencer Cox as he heads into the final month of his first year in office. → Read More


Gov. Cox reveals how he wants to spend state taxpayer money next year — and give $160M back

Heading into his second year at the helm of the Beehive State, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox is unveiling how he wants to spend — and return — taxpayer money next year. → Read More


Salt Lake County auditor resigns

Salt Lake County Auditor Scott Tingley has submitted his resignation to take a new job with the state. → Read More


5 things to know about new Utah State Prison — and when old one will be torn down

Utah is closing in on the final chapters of the yearslong, controversial saga of building a new prison from scratch. → Read More


Utah House Republican leader tests positive for COVID-19

One of Utah's top legislative leaders has tested positive for COVID-19. → Read More

Could a heartfelt letter help — or hurt — your chances in today’s bizarre housing market?

Desperate homebuyers have been using "love letters" to stand out. But that’s risky, because sellers could violate the Fair Housing Act if they choose their buyers based on race, religion, sex, familial status or other characteristics that could be easily gleaned from a cover letter. → Read More


Utah Gov. Cox signs off on controversial congressional map that 'cracks' Salt Lake County

It's official. The next generation of Utah's congressional district boundaries has been set for the next 10 years. → Read More


Utah House approves congressional map in special session

The Utah House made a big step Tuesday toward finalizing the state's contentious redistricting process when it voted to approve the high-profile congressional map. → Read More


Despite cries of 'cracking' communities, Utah lawmakers select own maps over independent ones

A GOP-controlled panel of Utah lawmakers put its stamp of approval Monday on maps to solidify the state's political districts for the next 10 years. → Read More


'Good luck': Independent redistricting commission pitches its maps, but decision rests with Utah lawmakers

Utah's contentious and condensed redistricting process is about to come to a head. → Read More


Do Utahns still like Gov. Spencer Cox? New poll numbers are in

A new poll shows the wave of high approval ratings Cox rode in the early months of his administration has receded — though a majority of Utahns still support him. → Read More

Inside the new Utah State Prison: The now $1 billion project is nearly complete

The new Utah State Prison in Salt Lake City is nearing completion. The new prison is located on the west side of Salt Lake City and is expected to open in June 2022. It can hold 3,600 inmates. → Read More


In wake of 2020 'feeding frenzy,' Utah home sales slow in what may be the 'calm before a potential storm'

The latest housing data shows the median priced home in Utah's most populated county increased to $550,000 in the third quarter of 2021. → Read More


Utah lawmaker who called for 'forensic' audit of state's 2020 election abruptly resigns

The Republican Utah lawmaker who received backlash for leading a rally and packing a misinformation-fraught committee hearing on Utah's Capitol Hill last week to call for an Arizona-style election audit of the state's 2020 election results has tendered his resignation. → Read More

‘It’s scary’: The West’s housing crunch has southwest Colorado at crisis point

Think the housing market is bad in Utah and Idaho? The southwest region of Colorado has reached a "crisis point" due to a shortage of affordable housing that’s thwarting businesses’ efforts to hire and retain employees. → Read More