Wendy Leonard works as a reporter for the Deseret News, and while her daily duties are dictated by breaking news, she currently focuses on writing about issues involving health care, medicine and transportation. She began her journalism career at Weber State University and has been working at the Deseret News since 2004. Leonard loves meeting new people and telling their stories through her writing, as well as educating the public on issues that affect the community. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and photography and is nationally and locally licensed as a pharmacy technician. She served an LDS mission to Hong Kong, where she learned to speak Cantonese, and has visited 46 of the 50 states, as well as a handful of places outside of the U.S.
May 16, 2019 5:42 pm MDTUtah settles with Disability Law Center to move patients closer to home Utah recently settled a lawsuit filed by the Disability Law Center early last year, which pointed at overcrowding and limited access to other housing options among care facilities as "isolating" and "discriminating" for mentally disabled residents.
May 15, 2019 7:15 pm MDTNonprofit Utah drug company announces first generic drugs to offset shortages Civica Rx, a nonprofit drug manufacturing company created by Intermountain Healthcare and others, has announced the first two drugs it will manufacture to offset the ongoing shortages affecting hospitals across the country.
May 15, 2019 5:22 pm MDTMedicinal marijuana is well on its way to local production in Utah Only Utahns over age 21 and who have certain qualifying conditions, as specified in the law, will be permitted to use the medicinal marijuana without restriction, though it must be obtained in a medicinal dosage and a legal quantity.
May 2, 2019 5:49 pm MDTOpiate restrictions not good for everyone — doctor says some patients experience legitimate pain After surviving burns to 80 percent of his body, J.B. Griggs developed a high tolerance for opiate pain medication. When his state threatened to cut him off, he sought help from a team of addiction recovery specialists in Utah.
May 2, 2019 12:03 pm MDTUtah health officials encourage vaccination, say measles on the way Public health officials in Utah want to reverse the anti-vaccination trend before it's too late, especially concerning measles, mumps and rubella, which were all believed to have been eradicated in the United States decades ago.