Who are we? UPC was started in January, 2013 by long-time Utah politicos Eric Ethington and Curtis Haring. Today, UPC’s staff of writers and editors from across the state work to provide you a deeper look at the politics and policy that affect you.
Who We Are:
Curtis Haring, Editor-in-Chief
With a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Utah, and having worked on numerous state and local races, Curtis has had the opportunity to experience politics first hand.
Although he currently works in finance, Curtis got his political start when he interned both at the Utah State Legislature and in our nation’s capital.
Previously, he has worked as the Coordinator for Bountiful City Communities that Care, acted as vice chair for the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission and the former Executive Director for Utah Fair Boundaries. Curtis has also spent several years working on various local and statewide campaigns, most recently as the Senior Policy Advisor for the Mike Weinholtz for Utah Governor campaign.
Alex Cragun, Writer
Alex graduated from the University of Utah in Political Science 2011. While in college, Cragun started writing for the Daily Utah Chronicle, then moved on to SLUG Magazine, a local music publication. Alex has had the opportunity to interview ambassadors, senators, philosophers and rock stars while working for both. Alex has been involved in local politics since interning for the Mayor Peter Corroon’s reelection campaign and has since worked on several campaigns and politically-related committees. When he’s not chasing tomorrow’s headlines, he is usually found at a rock concert or a bar nearby a concert.
Ryan Curtis, Writer
Ryan loves politics and has been very active in state and local politics, serving as a legislative district chair, state delegate, county delegate, and precinct vice-chair. Recently, he has worked on the Ben McAdams for Salt Lake County Mayor campaign and the Brad Bartholomew for Salt Lake City Council campaign. Ryan presently serves on the board of directors for several political organizations.
Michael Iverson, Contributing Editor
Michael is passionate about three things in life: writing, politics, and the Oxford comma. His first foray into the political sphere was in 2010, when he worked in the communications department of the Peter Corroon for Governor campaign. He has worked on a race every year since. Michael currently serves on various political boards, and is the chair of the Central City Neighborhood Council in Salt Lake City.
Michael Orton, Writer/Videographer