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.
May 16, 2019 6:54 pm MDTUtah legislator questions Salt Lake City mayoral candidate's role on air quality board as 'politically motivated' Sen. Jake Anderegg, who has jokingly described himself as the "token Republican" among Sen. Luz Escamilla's supporters, opposed the appointment of Salt Lake City Councilwoman Erin Mendenhall to the state's Air Quality Board.
May 15, 2019 8:31 pm MDTUtah lawmaker aims to bring back bill allowing counties to split Rep. Kim Coleman, R-West Jordan, isn't giving up on legislation that would give communities an option to split and form their own county — legislation that was born from frustrations of some elected officials on Salt Lake County's west side.
May 15, 2019 5:38 pm MDTUtah's housing crisis causing more seniors to seek help, advocates say Housing advocates on Wednesday painted a gloomy picture for state lawmakers sitting on the Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee, spotlighting how Utah's affordable housing crisis has impacted the state's seniors.
May 14, 2019 4:09 pm MDT'Mishandled' sale of raceway cost Tooele County millions, audit says Tooele County "mishandled" the sale of the multimillion-dollar Utah Motorsports Campus by not following best practices for selling public property, legislative auditors concluded in an audit report released Tuesday.
May 9, 2019 6:43 pm MDTFourth Street Clinic unveils 'state-of-the-art' mobile clinic to bring health care right to homeless centers The $1 million, 45-foot RV, which drove about 1,700 miles from Ohio to arrive in Salt Lake City this week, was unveiled Thursday — lauded by homelessness leaders as a key piece to Utah's new homeless system.
May 8, 2019 8:16 pm MDTSouth Salt Lake mayor proposes 31 percent property tax hike to give police, firefighters pay raises South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood on Wednesday night proposed to the City Council a 31 percent property tax hike — one that would cost the average South Salt Lake homeowner an additional $71 per year on their property tax bill.