Katie McKellar covers local politics and community issues on city, county and state levels for Deseret News/KSL. She studied journalism at Dixie State University, where she worked as an editor for the university's student-run newspaper, Dixie Sun News, before she graduated in 2014. As a Utah native, McKellar enjoys hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter, but she spends the majority of her free horseback riding, which has been her sport of choice for 15 years.
Mar 21, 2019 3:59 pm MDTSalt Lake City uses new sales tax money to launch program to pair, house 50 homeless roommates Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski on Thursday presented a $100,000 check to the Road Home to fund a new Shared Housing Program — a program meant to pair people experiencing homelessness to be roommates in homes or apartments with low rents.
Mar 18, 2019 7:13 pm MDTRemaining Salt Lake City mayoral candidates express shock, well wishes after Biskupski's drop out As news of Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski's surprise announcement that she was bowing out of the 2019 mayoral race spread rapidly Monday, a political analyst said her exit dramatically changes the still highly crowded race.
Mar 18, 2019 12:17 pm MDTJackie Biskupski bows out of Salt Lake mayoral race citing 'complex family situation' Mayor Jackie Biskupski on Monday — just weeks after she announced her bid for re-election — withdrew from the race, citing a "private" and "serious and complex family situation," as well as duties to her office.
Mar 17, 2019 3:42 pm MDTFrom gravel pits to anti-idling laws, local control saw multiple wins in the 2019 Utah Legislature The traditional state vs. local control power struggle manifested again in several ways on Capitol Hill this year, from the ongoing fight over the Utah Inland Port Authority to gravel pits and plastic bags.
Mar 16, 2019 8:26 pm MDT2019 Utah Legislature enacted 'critical' policy, but fell short on affordable housing, advocates say Despite a big push from housing and homeless advocates — as well as support from developers and the Salt Lake Chamber — the Utah Legislature only partly acted on a high-priority affordable housing bill, passing it without its $24 million ask.
Mar 14, 2019 11:16 pm MDTDespite big push to address housing crunch, Utah Legislature strips $24 million from affordable housing bill While some bills affecting local issues including affordable housing survived the 2019 Utah Legislature, others that would have placed tighter controls on city laws — on gravel pits or plastic bags — were either scaled-back or fizzled altogether.
Mar 13, 2019 6:06 pm MDTUtah Legislature gives final approval to bill allowing Utah Inland Port Authority to reach into rural areas The votes to approve the bill — 21-5 in the Senate and 57-10 in the House — came after a final tweak to HB433 in the Senate that appeared to needle Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski for her lawsuit challenging port authority creation.