Andy Farnsworth

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Since 2015, Andy Farnsworth has been the movie & streaming TV critic for KSL 5 TV in Salt Lake City, including hosting a weekly “What To Watch” segment on Fridays during KSL News at noon.  He is an admitted geek, with a particular fondness for Star Wars and comic books, eventually turning that love of pop culture into hosting the Fan Effect podcast for KSL NewsRadio since 2016.

Andy joined KSL’s airwaves from an airplane 2003. For almost he was the state of Utah’s only airborne traffic reporter and was KSL NewsRadio’s “Eye in the Sky” before eventually moving to the KSL Traffic Center. He is currently the lead traffic anchor for “Utah’s Morning News with Tim & Amanda” from 5-9 AM on KSL NewsRadio, and also covers traffic for BYU football home games.  Andy was KSL TV’s morning traffic reporter from 2010-2017 as well.

Andy has been involved with traffic reporting in one form or another since 1998 when he started his radio career with Metro Networks as an intern who handed out traffic updates to on-air talent during morning drive time. After that, he got a shot producing the traffic updates, spent some time writing and producing news and sports copy for radio, then became the airborne traffic reporter for three stations in 2000 because he was “literally the only person there at the time who didn’t get airsick.”

He spent nearly 10,000 hours as a passenger in that little Cessna 172 above Utah’s roadways and was in the traffic plane during the 9/11 attacks, the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics and almost all of the I-15 reconstruction projects. One time he & his pilot made an unscheduled landing at Camp Williams just before the Olympics and had Homeland Security agents show up with guns drawn to find out why.

Andy has Associate’s degree from Salt Lake Community College and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah (despite being a lifelong BYU fan).  He also speaks Portuguese, a language he learned serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salvador, Brazil.

Andy is a Utah native, born in Provo and raised in West Jordan where he now resides with his amazing wife Lori and their six children. He loves skiing, snowboarding, reading and things that make him laugh.

Fun fact as we celebrate 100 Years of KSL NewsRadio: Andy was named “BYU SuperFan of the Week” by KSL Radio way back in 1989 after he wore a different BYU shirt to school every day for three straight weeks. He still has the certificate & the commemorative mug.

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