Robert Gehrke, Salt Lake Tribune

Robert Gehrke

Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Recent articles by Robert:

Robert Gehrke: The next few weeks of this pandemic may be rough. Focus on your loved ones.

Just a few weeks ago, it looked like we had beat back the spread of COVID-19. → Read More

Robert Gehrke: Frustrated with Trump, these LDS women are calling for change, but will it matter?

More than 150 years ago, Seraph Young cast a historic ballot in a Salt Lake City municipal election, the first woman in U.S. history to vote under an equal suffrage law. → Read More

Robert Gehrke: We need our county clerks to help Utahns vote, not stand in their way

It’s not supposed to be hard to exercise our fundamental American rights. → Read More

Robert Gehrke: Can Utah become a swing state? Maybe, just maybe, in my lifetime.

Nate Silver, the data guru behind, got my attention when he offered his thoughts on the possibility that Utah could turn into a political battleground. → Read More

Robert Gehrke: Trump looms over Utah’s Republican primary, but how would the candidates handle a President Biden?

If you’ve followed Utah’s Republican primary, you can’t help but notice the degree to which the governor’s race has been defined by allegiance to President Donald Trump. → Read More

Robert Gehrke: Utah leaders dropped the ball on their coronavirus response. Here is how it happened.

On Friday, Utah reported 676 new cases of the coronavirus, pushing the state total above 20,000 for the first time and meaning in less than a month we doubled the number of cases. → Read More

Robert Gehrke: Five black leaders in Utah say this is where our community should go from here

Our nation has been through a lot these past few weeks. We have been forced to answer for our sad history of racism and our lingering reality of injustice. → Read More

Robert Gehrke: Limiting campaign cash sounds like a great idea, but money is like water — it’ll find a way

Here’s a number to think about: $25 million. → Read More

Utah Agriculture Commissioner Kerry Gibson is resigning to run for Rep. Rob Bishop’s seat

Kerry Gibson is resigning as commissioner of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to make a bid to replace retiring Rep. Rob Bishop in Utah’s 1st Congressional District. → Read More

Robert Gehrke: 2019 was a big news year in Utah. Try our quiz to see if you tracked it all.

Nice work, Utah. 2019 is nearly over and we’ve held on for another year. → Read More

Robert Gehrke: Utah loan sharks are locking up borrowers and it must stop

Cecilia Avila was working at her job at Walmart when she was handcuffed and marched out of the store, not for being a hardened criminal, but for being poor. → Read More

Robert Gehrke: Here’s how we can clean up the air in the Salt Lake Valley

Let’s all take a deep breath. Now, remember what that feels like, because it will change as the air gets gunky as it always does in winter months. → Read More

Robert Gehrke: These University of Utah students show why the Supreme Court should protect Dreamers

Andrea Jiménez was five months old when her family left the poverty and instability of Mexico and settled in West Valley City. → Read More

Robert Gehrke: The big reveal is fine for masked singers, but not for the patriotic Trump whistleblower

I had the misfortune of being in a room when “The Masked Singer” was on television recently. → Read More

Robert Gehrke: Here’s what a deep dive into the vote counts tells us about Mendenhall’s decisive victory in Salt Lake City

In the end, the race to be the next Salt Lake City mayor wasn’t all that close, with Erin Mendenhall opening up an election night lead that proved insurmountable. → Read More

Robert Gehrke: Salt Lake City mayoral candidates have exchanged barbs on the inland port. Let’s look at what really happened.

Who is to blame for the inland port? → Read More

Robert Gehrke: Why not keep the Road Home open for a while to make sure Utah’s homeless don’t freeze to death

There’s an approach to dieting we’ve probably all seen and maybe even tried: Go buy a pair of pants you like in a size too small and it’ll motivate you to lose weight so you can wear them. → Read More

Robert Gehrke: Billboard company’s dominance in SLC mayoral elections is more than a sign of the times

Think about the big special interests in Salt Lake City — you know, the Zions Banks or Larry H. Miller Group, the labor unions or any of the prospective inland port developers. → Read More

Robert Gehrke: Utah’s power provider is making a big move to renewables. Here’s why and what it means for our future.

Utah energy users got a glimpse of the future last week and it shouldn’t come as a surprise — it’s greener, powered increasingly by the wind and sun and less by coal and natural gas. → Read More

Mark Knopfler kept his guitar fingers warm at a soppy, cold Red Butte show

Maybe there’s an unwritten rule somewhere: Every time Mark Knopfler plays Red Butte Amphitheater it has to rain and be cold. → Read More