Daniella Rivera

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Website: https://ksltv.com/

Daniella Rivera is an investigative journalist with a passion for serving the public through seeking and reporting truth. She joined the KSL team in September 2021.

Before scooter rider crashed in Salt Lake City, complaint warned sidewalk was ‘a neck breaker’

A broken Salt Lake sidewalk is more than an eyesore and can be a safety issue. Is enough being done to repair hazards? KSL Investigates.
3 days ago

KSL Truth Test: AI bots, ballots and the best sources for reliable election information

How accurate is AI when it comes to helping you cast your vote in an election? The KSL Investigators put popular AI bots to the test.
20 days ago

Could making this change help Utah improve sexual assault prosecutions?

Only a fraction of sexual assaults reported to police in Utah result in criminal charges for the perpetrator, but a legislative proposal could potentially change that.
1 month ago

Classroom carbon monoxide: Detectors are required, so why aren’t they in every school?

Utah took a big step a decade ago to keep schoolchildren safe from carbon monoxide. How well is the state living up to that promise.
2 months ago

‘Please report’: Salt Lake County leaders urge survivors of sexual assault to come forward

To kick off sexual assault awareness month, advocates and law enforcers are drawing attention to Utah’s low sexual assault reporting rate.
2 months ago

Prosecutors say a man targeted women in hit-and-runs, so why isn’t he facing hate crime charges?

A Utah man is facing several charges of attempted murder after investigators linked him to a series of hit-and-run crashes injuring female pedestrians. The case raises questions about whether these attacks should be treated as hate crimes.
2 months ago

Evidence released in ‘8 Passengers’ mom Ruby Franke and Jodi Hildebrandt child abuse cases

Prosecutors in Washington County have released their case files containing a significant amount of evidence gathered during the investigation and prosecution of convicted child abusers Ruby Franke and Jodi Hildebrandt.
2 months ago

Utah Supreme Court upholds prior ruling in first challenge of 2021 self-defense law

Utah's Supreme Court sided with a man who fired several shots after a bizarre vehicle crash in the first challenge of Utah's 2021 self-defense law.
2 months ago

Rapist at the center of KSL Investigation ‘Failure to Protect’ pleads guilty

Guilty: An accused serial predator in Utah, who’s had more than a decade of allegations against him is now a convicted rapist following a KSL Investigation.
2 months ago

New Prison, New Problems: Inside the effort to staff Utah’s new $1 billion prison facility

Utah's new prison cost taxpayers more than a $ 1 billion, yet a scathing audit shows the new facility has been unsafe and still isn't being used as intended. After being granted unprecedented access, the KSL Investigators go inside the new prison for a look at what's being done to fix its new problems.
3 months ago

Truth Test: Fact-checking claims from lawmakers who voted to make their calendars secret

The KSL Investigators put lawmakers’ statements about a measure that would conceal their calendars through the KSL Truth Test.
3 months ago

Judge rules public can see Utah attorney general’s work calendar

KSL and the Utah Attorney General’s Office squared off in court over whether the A.G.’s calendar should be publicly available.
3 months ago

5 things to know about KSL’s legal fight for transparency

How much should Utahns get to know about how elected officials spend their time on the clock? The question is at the center of a legal fight taking KSL to court Monday.
3 months ago

‘More secrecy’: Utah lawmakers advance bills targeting government transparency

Several bills would chip away at government transparency in Utah, including one proposal that’s a direct response to KSL’s fight for public records. A First Amendment attorney says he’s alarmed.
3 months ago

Should you get to see elected officials’ calendars? These Utah lawmakers say no

The KSL Investigators are days away from going to court to argue for your right to see the Utah Attorney General's work calendar. As we fight for transparency, lawmakers are stepping in to make it so the public doesn't get to see this record of how officials spend their time.
3 months ago

Truth Test: Fact-checking the Utah governor’s Mexico border comments

After Utah’s governor and Salt Lake City’s mayor sparred over a link between a surge in border crossings and a flow of drugs into Utah, the KSL Investigators sought context from drug investigators.
4 months ago

After her son was killed by his father, Utah mom urges family court reform

Nearly a year after 16-year-old Om Gandhi was shot and killed by his father, his mother is urging lawmakers to pass a bill that would require Utah courts to prioritize child safety in custody decisions.
4 months ago

Will lawmakers consider bill to boost Utah’s low rate of sex assault prosecutions?

Imagine being sexually assaulted, reporting to police, getting a forensic exam at the hospital and still being told your perpetrator can't be prosecuted under Utah's current rape law. That happens more than you might think, but Utah lawmakers have been reluctant to adopt what experts say is a sound solution.
4 months ago

‘This is a mistake’: Utah woman shocked to learn perpetrator granted parole just months after sentencing

A Utah woman fought for years to hold her perpetrator accountable only to find out via a text that he'd been granted parole just a few months after his sentencing. The KSL Investigators report on challenges in notifying victims of parole hearings and what Utah’s parole board says it's doing to fix that.
4 months ago

Provo lawmaker sponsoring bill aimed at improving Utah’s justice system for crime victims

A Utah lawmaker is sponsoring legislation aimed at improving Utah’s justice system for victims of crime.
5 months ago

10 KSL Investigations that made a difference in Utah in 2023

In 2023, the KSL Investigators uncovered why some investigations into sex crimes stopped and stalled, along with reasons new homes began falling apart. Our team dug into loopholes leaving Utahns vulnerable to scams. We’re also fighting a battle for transparency so we can show you how elected officials are spending their time.
5 months ago

Jodi Hildebrandt pleads guilty to 4 counts of aggravated child abuse

Jodi Hildebrandt pleaded guilty to four counts of aggravated child abuse during a scheduled hearing in a St. George courtroom on Wednesday. 
5 months ago

Troubling Trend: KSL Investigators uncover sexual assault cases closed without attempts to contact suspects

Sexual assault reports to police collecting dust or closed all together, without a key interview ever taking place – It's a troubling trend uncovered by the KSL Investigators who have been digging into gaps in Utah's justice system for more than a year.
5 months ago

Audit prompted by KSL Investigation confirms hundreds of convicted sex offenders missing from Utah’s registry

An internal audit of Utah’s Sex Offender Registry not only confirmed a recent KSL Investigation that found convicted sex offenders missing from the registry, but revealed the number of people who did not appear on the registry is higher than we initially knew.
5 months ago