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Media Advisory: UPR/StoryCorps Interviews with IRONMAN St. George Athletes

Monday, Apr. 29, 2013


Kerry Bringhurst

Utah Public Radio

Utah State University

Phone: (435) 797-1352



LOGAN – Utah Public Radio (UPR), Utah’s statewide NPR station and a service of Utah State University’s College of Humanities and Social Science, along with Dixie Regional Medical Center,  has partnered with StoryCorps to record interviews in southern Utah from May 2 to June. 1.

Utah Public Radio will host an opening day press event Thursday, May 2, to introduce StoryCorps to the community and invites members of the press to interview StoryCorps staff and the first two sets of participants.

Who: Utah Public Radio, IRONMAN 70.3 St. George competitors, and StoryCorps staff
What: Opening remarks by UPR Interim Station Manager Kerry Bringhurst and StoryCorps staff; tour of MobileBooth
Where: St. George Town Square/LDS Tabernacle
When: Thursday, May 2

10:30 a.m.: StoryCorps interview with Rob Verhelst (Fireman Rob) and fiancé Nicole Maly
11:45 a.m.: Press Event 
12:15 p.m.: Tours of MobileBooth
12:30 p.m.: StoryCorps interview Jordan Rapp and Paul Jewkes 

Interview Guests’ Information

Rob Verhelst is a firefighter who traveled to ground zero in NYC and volunteered at the 9-11 site then later started doing Triathlons in his fire gear to raise money for cancer. (Code 3 For a Cure Foundation — Firefighters United Against Cancer) (,, (608) 239-0064)

Jordan Rapp is a professional triathlete competing in the May 4 St. George IRONMAN 70.3. Leadman Epic 250 Bend (Sept. 22, ‘12): 1st; Ironman U.S. Championships (Aug. 11, ‘12): 1st ( Paul Jewkes is a first time 70.3 age group athlete.

General Press Guidelines

Cameras will be allowed in the MobileBooth before interviews begin. Photographs and video can be shot from outside the window during interviews. Press can listen to interviews with wireless headphones from outside the booth (when available). Press can interview participants before and after their StoryCorps interviews.        


StoryCorps has partnered with Utah Public Radio and Dixie Regional Medical Center to collect nearly 150 interviews with residents from throughout Utah. UPR will air a selection of local interviews recorded in the StoryCorps MobileBooth and create special programs around the project. Segments of select interviews may also air nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition. With participant permission, all StoryCorps interviews will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, sharing, and preserving the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs, will record interviews in St. George from May 2 to June 1 as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour.

StoryCorps’ MobileBooth—an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio — will be parked at the St. George Town Square/Tabernacle on West Tabernacle and South Main Street for four weeks. Reservations can now be made by going to or calling StoryCorps’ 24-hour, toll-free reservation line at 1-800-850-4406 or visiting Additional reservation slots will open on May 3.


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