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This is Utah

This Is Utah, a weekly series from PBS Utah, celebrates the diverse people who call this state home. Host Liz Adeola guides viewers through stories about the arts, culture, places, and events, as told through the voices of the people and communities that make Utah unique.

Explore a budding artist’s haven in Helper; see the colorful costumes and intricate dance techniques of Salt Lake City’s Ballet Folklórico and Provo’s BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble; meet Ogden Jazz legend Joe McQueen; marvel at petroglyphs in Nine Mile Canyon; go behind the scenes of Spring City’s Heritage Days; discover the Mars Desert Research Station in Hanksville; visit the 5th Annual Joe’s Valley Festival, and more, on This Is Utah.

We’re traveling around the state to tell YOUR stories. Who knows, we might be in your community next!

New Episode | Set in Stone

About This Episode

Utah is home to some serious bedrock — and millions of years of uplift & erosion means there’s no shortage of places to explore outside. See how rock climbers & Emery County residents came together to create Joe’s Valley Festival, learn the history of recreational skiing in the Wasatch with Wasatch Mountain Club, and explore 40 miles’ worth of indigenous rock art in Nine Mile Canyon.

Season 2 | Episodes

Dancer with 1520 Arts.
Salt Lake Acting Company, 1520 Arts & Women of the World bring diverse voices to the stage.


Alex Torrez practices her boxing skills.
See how Malialole, Maya Miro Johnson, & State Street Boxing Gym are passing the torch.


Performers at Utah Shakespeare Festival.
Learn about the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Helper’s artist revival, & DesignBuildBLUFF.


Bouldering at the annual Joe's Valley Fest. © Victoria Chiu 2019 for Joe’s Valley Festival
Get outdoors with the Joe’s Valley Festival, Wasatch Mountain Club, and Nine Mile Canyon.


Season 1 | Episodes

Liz Adeola, host of "This Is Utah"
Explore show biz in Utah with a film scout, a folk dance troupe, and a local jazz legend.


Host Liz Adeola in Spring City
Experience Utah’s cultural heritage with Spring City, Ballet Folklórico & Golden Spike.


Dancers from the Ngoma y'Africa Cultural Center in Provo.
Visit the annual Bison Roundup, dance along with Ngoma y’Africa & learn the story of KRCL.


Ballroom dancers Erba Jean Woodruff and Martin Skupinski.
Meet a 94-year-old ballroom dancer, the owners of a local bakery, & a Yo-Yo Grand Master.


Meet artist Kent Christensen, savor Utah’s artisan chocolate, and visit Mesa Farm Market.


Stacy Mascaro, co-owner of Circle J. Rodeo Company.
See how Spice Kitchen, Velour music venue & the Circle J. Rodeo give back to the community.


Mural artist Jason Nessen
See Tremonton’s murals and visit Hell’s Backbone Grill & the Mars Desert Research Station.


Snowbird Ski Patroller Marguerite Van Komen and her partner Frankie the rescue dog
Meet the racers of Bonneville Speed Week, an Olympic speed skater & a Snowbird rescue dog.



About the Host | Liz Adeola

Liz Adeola is the Host/Story Producer of This Is Utah. She is excited to call Salt Lake City home after moving to five different states to climb the news ladder as a reporter and anchor. Liz is a storyteller at heart who loves to listen and learn about people’s journey through life.

Liz has more than a decade worth of experience working in newsrooms across the country and traveled from one end to the other interviewing people for the documentary 14 Days In America - the Face of Freedom Project. She was nominated for a Breaking News Emmy for coverage of a fatal school bus crash that claimed the life of a beloved elementary school teacher and most recently earned an award from the Society of Professional Journalists for covering issues regarding children. Liz moved to Utah from Indiana for the opportunity to tell rich, character-driven stories in the place where she’s originally from — the desert Southwest. Liz attended the Walter Cronkite School of Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University, where she studied Broadcast Journalism and Political Science and learned a few tips from the broadcast legend himself, Walter Cronkite.


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