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Elise is the Investigative Editor at the Daily Utah Chronicle. In her almost four years at the paper, she has won nearly 20 awards from professional journalism organizations. She currently attends graduate school at the U, studying Public Policy and Population Health Sciences, and spends her free time wondering whether it's too nerdy to Tweet whatever "cool" graph she's found most recently.

U Professor Sterling Van Wagenen Resigns After Allegedly Admitting to 1993 Molestation of a Minor

According to the University of Utah's campus directory, Sterling Van Wagenen's office was 257B in the Art Building prior to his resignation. (Photo by Emily Anderson | The Daily Utah Chronicle)
March 7, 2019

  Film professor Sterling Van Wagenen has resigned following the release of a recording during which he is heard admitting to molesting a minor in 1993, according to spokesperson for the University...

Getting the Best Price for the U: UTA Charges UVU and BYU Less for Student Transportation Passes

(Photo by: Justin Prather | The Utah Chronicle).
February 19, 2019

  No time to read? Check out this story's episode of the Floodlights podcast. After paying more than $100 annually in mandatory transportation fees, thousands of University of Utah students...

Newly Released Audio Sheds Light on Murdered Student Lauren McCluskey’s Contacts with Police

University of Utah student and track athlete Lauren McCluskey was killed in a shooting on campus on Tuesday, Oct 22. Photo by Steve C. Wilson, courtesy of the University of Utah.
January 19, 2019

  More than 15 audio files released Wednesday afternoon by University of Utah officials give the public further insight into slain student Lauren McCluskey's contact with campus police in the weeks...

McCluskey Parents Want Discipline for ‘Individuals Who Failed Our Daughter’

Lauren's parents, Jill and Matthew McCluskey, students, staff, family and friends attend a vigil on the steps of the Park Building for Lauren McCluskey who was tragically killed on campus at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. (Photo by Kiffer Creveling | The Daily Utah Chronicle)
December 21, 2018

  Jill and Matthew McCluskey, parents of murdered University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey, have released a statement disagreeing with the school's assertions that their daughter's death could...

Investigations After McCluskey Murder Find Justice System Problems

Officials announce the results of two independent investigations into the University of Utah's police department and the State justice system after the on-campus murder of student Lauren McCluskey. Pictured from left to right: President Ruth Watkins, former Public Safety Commissioner John T. Nielsen, Executive Director of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Sue Riseling, former Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires, and current Public Safety Commissioner Jess L. Anderson. | Photo by Elise Vandersteen Bailey
December 19, 2018

  In a press conference Wednesday morning, officials from the University of Utah and the state reported the results of two independent reviews into the University Police Department and Utah's justice...

Murder of U Student Prompts Investigation into Police Department and Campus Safety

University of Utah President Ruth Watkins and University Police Chief Dale Brophy spoke at a press conference on the investigation into the death of student Lauren McCluskey on Oct. 25, 2018 | Chronicle archives.
October 25, 2018

Warning: This story contains graphic descriptions of violence. University of Utah President Ruth Watkins announced Thursday the school is initiating an independent investigation into the actions taken...

U Track Athlete Killed in Shooting on Campus

University of Utah student and track athlete Lauren McCluskey was killed in a shooting on campus on Tuesday, Oct 22. Photo by Steve C. Wilson, courtesy of the University of Utah.
October 22, 2018

  University of Utah student and track athlete Lauren McCluskey was killed in a shooting on campus Monday night, U president Ruth Watkins announced in a statement Tuesday morning.   McCluskey,...

U Student’s Death Raises Mental Health Concerns

U Student's Death Raises Mental Health Concerns
April 3, 2018

Faculty and friends of a graduate student in the University of Utah's Department of Physics and Astronomy who died last year have stepped forward to share more details about Mengying — referred to here...

Investigation After U Student’s Death Finds Serious Issues Within Physics and Astronomy Department

(Photo by: Justin Prather / Daily Utah Chronicle)
March 28, 2018

The death by suicide of a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Utah's Physics and Astronomy Department in October 2017 sparked an independent legal investigation into the student’s experience at the...

U Donor, Founder of HCI Jon Huntsman Sr. Dies at 80

U athletic director Dr. Chris Hill, left, shares a laugh with Jon M. Huntsman at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Facility, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.
February 2, 2018

Utah billionaire and prominent philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr. died Friday at the age of 80, confirmed by a statement released by the Huntsman Cancer Institute. At the apex of Huntsman's often-bumpy journey,...

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