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Location: * West, Utah
Beat: Utah state legislature, especially the intersection of religion and state government
Position: This reporter helps the Salt Lake City bureau cover that intersection of religion and politics by covering key hearings and events and submitting public records requests. The reporter is AP’s lead reporter covering Utah’s medical marijuana program, which offers a great window into how conservative states are dealing with legalizing marijuana and handling the societal change. And the reporter helps cover public lands issues.
Reporter: Sophia Eppolito