2020 Person of the Year: Governor Gary Herbert

      By Jeanette Bennett & Ansalee Morrison | Photography by Dave Blackhurst Gary’s Herbert’s mind is mathematical. In 1990, when this father of six became a Utah County Commissioner, the census reported 263,590 people in Utah County. Thirty years later, Gary recalls that figure to the last digit in his interview with Utah […]

2019 Person of the Year Runners Up

From battling forrest fires, disease or human trafficking, these seven savvy locals had a fierce and fantastic 2018. UVU President Astrid Tuminez — Utah Valley Magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year — is in good company with these men and women who were close contenders for the title. We’re wishing them a full and productive […]

Person of the Year: UVU President Astrid Tuminez

   Just three hours before Astrid Tuminez would take to the stage at UVU’s Scholarship Ball in October 2018 and be introduced to nearly 1,000 donors, community leaders and influencers, she was at Provo Beach hosting her son’s 9-year-old birthday party. Her youngest of three children had been transplanted from Singapore to Provo, and Astrid […]

Person of the Year: Rolling out the goodbye mat for Matt Holland

Nine years ago during the hiring process for UVU’s next president, Matt Holland’s final question was why he should be considered when the field included top candidates, many of whom had more impressive resumes. Matt says the answer came into his mind “clear as a bell.” “I told them there were people in the pool […]

Utah-Tube: Provo Mayor Curtis creates music video explaining his job

In an effort to better explain what it is a mayor does, Provo Mayor John Curtis created a music video to share with students on career day at local schools. “Each year I get to participate in career days at some of our local schools,” Curtis wrote on his blog. “I love it but I […]

Person of the Year: The Gardner Quad Squad

On the morning of our Utah Valley Magazine photo shoot, the Gardners posted a video on social media of lowering the four crib mattresses for their double set of identical twins. Nearing their first birthdays, the four girls were becoming more mobile — and more dangerous — and one of them tried to crawl out […]

A Day in the Life of a Photo Shoot with Quads

Tyson and Ashley Gardner brought their nearly-1-year-old quads to Utah Valley Magazine for a photo shoot, and then invited editor Jeanette Bennett to spend a Friday evening helping with their busy baby routine. Walk through 30 photos of the happy chaos on Dec. 11, 2015. Then read all about the Gardner Quad Squad — together […]

2016 Person of the Year: The Short List

As Utah Valley Magazine kicks off 2016, we’ve launched a new annual feature: Person of the Year! Although we chose the Gardner family with their double set of identical twins as our inaugural recipients, we also had a “short list” of other contenders. Here are some faces to watch in 2016. A Head Start: Kalani […]