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This is Utah

This Is Utah, a new weekly series produced by PBS Utah, celebrates the diverse people and communities that call this place home. We’ll travel the state, discovering how Utah’s own distinctive mix of independent Western attitude, inspiring landscapes and pioneering heritage informs who we are at heart, and defines our collective sense of place.

Host Liz Adeola invites viewers on a journey around the state to highlight the people, arts, cultures, and communities that make Utah unique. Experience the cheering crowds at the Circle J. Rodeo; see the colorful costumes and intricate dance techniques of Salt Lake City’s Ballet Folklórico and Provo’s International Folk Dance Ensemble; travel back in time with Ogden Jazz legend Joe McQueen; go behind the scenes of Spring City’s Heritage Days; meet Frankie the Snowbird avalanche dog; go inside the studio with artist Kent Christensen; learn about the Mars Desert Research Station; experience Antelope Island’s annual bison roundup, and more, in the premiere season of This Is Utah.

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

Latest Episode

No Biz Like Show Biz

Get a behind-the-scenes look at show business in Utah and meet the passionate creators who share their stories through film, dance, and music. Join host Liz Adeola as she meets members of the International Folk Dance Ensemble at BYU, hunts for hidden film locations with film scout Mimi Davis Taylor, and meets the 99-year-old Ogden jazz legend Joe McQueen.


Liz Adeola, host of "This Is Utah"
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 6:00pm
Host Liz Adeola in Spring City
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 6:00pm
Dancers from the Ngoma y'Africa Cultural Center in Provo.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 6:00pm
Ballroom dancers Erba Jean Woodruff and Martin Skupinski.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 6:00pm
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 6:00pm
Stacy Mascaro, co-owner of Circle J. Rodeo Company.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 6:00pm
Mural artist Jason Nessen
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 6:00pm
Snowbird Ski Patroller Marguerite Van Komen and her partner Frankie the rescue dog
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 6:00pm

About the Host

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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Funding for This Is Utah provided by

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