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Jennifer Dobner

Reporter, Justice and safety

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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     ’I lost everything because of this,’ said former West Jordan police officer Aaron Jensen while enduring and eventually fighting ’systemic harassment’ at his workplace during a news conference, June 22, 2017 at the Utah Capitol. Jensen has won a nearly $3 million jury award on his claims of malicious prosecution and retaliation by the West Jordan Police Department. The years-long saga began when Jensen said he was the target of relentless sexual harassment by police supervisors while on the force. Jensen alleged that after he joined the West Jordan Police department, within a year an associate subjected him to a hostile work environment that included crude jokes and comments that he was gay, which eventually led others in the department to engage in similar behavior. Jury sides with ex-West Jordan cop, awards nearly $3M on claims of malicious prosecution, retaliation
    A former West Jordan police officer who took the city to court after enduring a decade of harassment and subsequent retaliation for his labor and sexu...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 11:18 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Jim Bennett, center, is helping to organize a new centrist party of disaffected Republicans and Democrats called the Utah United Party. Organizers as well as several former GOP and Democratic leaders announced the new party during a press conference in the Centennial Room at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Monday. United Utah Party files lawsuit to get on ballot but doesn’t seek to disrupt special election to replace Chaffetz
    The United Utah Party sued the state in federal court Wednesday, asking a judge to force the lieutenant governor’s office to certify and place its can...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 03:51 pm   |     |   Share

  • West Valley City man killed in Weber County motorcycle accident
    A West Valley City man was killed and another man seriously injured Saturday when a truck turned into the path of their motorcycles in West Haven, pol...
    Updated Jun 19 2017 12:12 pm   |     |   Share

  • Foundation teaches people to identify, talk about suicide because ‘it’s everybody’s business’
    When Dustine McCormack’s grandfather took his own life in Monticello about 40 years ago, her grandmother packed up four kids, sold the family farm and...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 11:48 am   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Historian J. Seth Anderson talks about his new book, LGBT Salt Lake, during a salon in a private home in Salt Lake City, Wednesday May 31, 2017. Salt Lake City’s hidden LGBT history documented in new book
    The picture on the flier shows three smiling performers in bathing-suit-like strapless costumes adorned with a puff of tulle netting and elbow-length ...
    Updated Jun 04 2017 05:51 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Carol Gnade, new director of the Utah Pride Center. Utah Pride Center building sold for $1.6 million
    Four years after it moved to the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, the Utah Pride Center is planning another move. The center sold its two-story build...
    Updated Jun 04 2017 01:04 pm   |     |   Share

  • John Swallow ï Former Utah Attorney General Utah attorney general’s office rejects Swallow demand for $1.5M in legal fees
    Utah’s top law enforcement office says it won’t pay the $1.5 million legal bill racked up by former Utah Attorney General John Swallow in successfully...
    Updated May 26 2017 11:43 am   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    A fight is erupting over how to develop the land around the Clearfield FrontRunner Station. It had long been proposed as a transit-oriented development that would be a regional center for growth with apartments, retail and offices. Now, much of it may become a train car manufacturing plant for Stadler, a company that has been at the center of some UTA scandals. UTA gives initial OK to controversial land deal in Clearfield
    After a monthlong delay, the Utah Transit Authority Board on Wednesday voted to green-light a controversial development project near its Clearfield Fr...
    Updated May 25 2017 03:57 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)   Developer Terry Diehl smiles from a front row seat in the gallery in the Utah House of Representatives as Greg Hughes is sworn in as the Speaker of the House on the first day of the 2015 Legislature, Monday Jan. 26. Payments to Diehl during bankruptcy raise new questions about ties to Utah power brokers
    About two months after developer and former Utah Transit Authority board member Terry Diehl filed for bankruptcy in March 2012, the money began pourin...
    Updated May 23 2017 12:04 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune file photo)   Former Utah Transit Authority board member Terry Diehl, a developer, is the subject of a state investigation into conflict-of-interest issues raised in a legislative audit. Judge rules civil suit against developer Terry Diehl can proceed
    A judge on Tuesday refused to temporarily halt a civil lawsuit filed against indicted real estate developer Terry Diehl, saying assertions that the la...
    Updated May 17 2017 12:41 pm   |     |   Share

  • Marc Sessions Jenson testifies on the fourth day of John Swallow’s public corruption trial at the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Swallow-Shurtleff accuser Jenson freed early from parole
    A onetime businessman who was embroiled in the political scandal that left two former Utah attorneys general facing criminal charges was released from...
    Updated May 15 2017 10:45 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)   Members of Mormons Building Bridges participate during the Utah Pride Parade last year. Bet you’ve heard this before: Days of ’47 Parade rejects Mormons Building Bridges
    It’s beginning to feel like an annual ritual. Mormons Building Bridges applies for a slot in Utah’s largest celebration of its heritage — the Days of ...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:41 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |   Tribune file photo)   Night falls on the State Capitol Building on the second to last day of the legislative session, Wednesday March 8, 2017 in Salt Lake City. Leaked survey shows Mormons believe teachers, tourism industry have more political power than LDS Church in Utah
    When it comes to Utah politics, most local Mormon church leaders and members believe the faith should wield considerable influence, but say they think...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:32 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Lennie Mahler  |   Tribune file photo)   Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans, center, is seeking re-election to the GOP’s top post. As Utah Republicans prepare to elect a new leader, division lingers over SB54 and debt
    This year’s race for Utah Republican Party chairman hinges largely on shades of difference about how each of three candidates plans to fight a new law...
    Updated May 08 2017 11:05 am   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune file photo)   A statue of Brigham Young on the campus of the eponymous university in Provo, Utah. LGBTQ students discuss challenges faced at Mormon-owned BYU in first-ever forum
    How has your mental health been affected as an LGBTQ student? On a college campus in 2017, the question might not raise many eyebrows. But that it was...
    Updated Apr 29 2017 10:26 pm   |     |   Share