Katie McKellar covers local politics and community issues on city, county and state levels for Deseret News/KSL. She studied journalism at Dixie State University, where she worked as an editor for the university's student-run newspaper, Dixie Sun News, before she graduated in 2014. As a Utah native, McKellar enjoys hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter, but she spends the majority of her free horseback riding, which has been her sport of choice for 15 years.
Aug 12, 2019 6:56 pm MDTIn aftermath of development fight, southwest Salt Lake County mayors launch 'unprecedented' planning effort A coalition of southwest mayors and Salt Lake County leaders came together Monday to launch a roughly year-long study to guide the future planning of Salt Lake County's southwest, where the county's last swath of undeveloped land awaits.
Aug 9, 2019 2:35 pm MDTIntegrity of Salt Lake Tribune poll on Salt Lake City mayor's race questioned The integrity of a Salt Lake Tribune poll recently conducted on Salt Lake City's mayoral race is now under question after the newspaper learned at least 57 of those surveyed for the poll don't actually live within Salt Lake City.
Aug 8, 2019 3:12 pm MDTSalt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski joins over 200 U.S. mayors calling for bipartisan gun law reform The letter, signed by 229 mayors as of Thursday afternoon, cites recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton as "just the latest reminders that our nation can no longer wait for our federal government to take the actions necessary" to stop mass shootings.
Aug 7, 2019 6:46 pm MDTJim Dabakis only Salt Lake mayor candidate holding onto cash ahead of primary election Former state Sen. Jim Dabakis — a likely front-runner according to recent polls — is the candidate with the most cash on hand, having only spent $124,000 of his $295,000, leaving him roughly $171,000 heading into the primary.
Aug 5, 2019 6:11 pm MDTUtah Inland Port Authority asks judge to deny mayor's request to push pause on port Citing “irreparable harm" to the state and ongoing negotiations with companies, attorneys for the controversial Utah Inland Port Authority have asked a judge to deny Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupki's request for a preliminary injunction.
Aug 1, 2019 6:47 pm MDTHomeless shelter owner seeking $21 million loan to avoid delays The nonprofit that owns the three future Utah homeless resource centers has become so strapped for cash it's now facing a $13 million past-due bill to pay for construction — and it's turning to Salt Lake County for help.
Jul 31, 2019 9:38 pm MDTSouth Salt Lake shelter could face further delays amid $13 million past-due construction bill Shelter the Homeless, the owner of the three new resource centers that are supposed to be nearing completion in coming weeks and months, hasn't been adequately paying the contractors building the three multi-million-dollar homeless centers.