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“In the Time of COVID-19” is a set of audio and digital stories highlighting the experiences of people whose lives have changed dramatically during the pandemic.

This project was produced in July 2020 in partnership with KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City and conducted virtually for the first time in NextGenRadio’s 20-year history. Our reporters are students and recent graduates in the Salt Lake area.

A refugee’s perspective on healing and Black Lives Matter

Atem Aleu spent the first two decades of his life fleeing for safety. Today he faces the struggles of being a Black refugee living in America.

Venue manager says local music has been silenced, but not for good

Nic Smith’s nearly decade-long career in music venue management suddenly hit the pause button when the coronavirus shuttered  live music — but he has faith the industry will bounce back.

Despite obstacles, Chinese international student fights for future in the U.S.

The COVID-19 pandemic and government policy made 20-year-old Lian Xue question her future in America. But the Chinese international student is determined to stay and chase her coding dream.

Salt Lake City attorney sees her own immigration story in her clients’ experiences

It’s been especially difficult helping clients navigate this uncertain time, and Linh Tran-Layton’s experience has made her reflect on her own journey to the U.S.


Our students reflect on their experience with NextGenRadio.