Jennifer Johnson

Journalist & Writer

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Trio of Utah tenors set on inspiring their audience

Gentri, made up of three Utah vocalists, has built a brand based on quality music and building people up. Late one night last fall, three well-dressed men stood in an empty parking garage in Ogden, Utah, and belted out the national anthem in perfect harmony.
Old Rock Church tours open doors to historic Salt Lake chapel

There were no precedents in place for Jim and Pauline Shaw's new church calling. In 2013, the Shaws were asked to direct tours of the meetinghouse where they attend church. The call came from Bishop Bryson Garbett in response to worldwide training from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
BYU Center for Animation draws bright futures for students

Ravell Call, Deseret News While creating their Student Emmy-winning short film "Ram's Horn," students at Brigham Young University's Center for Animation took occasional breaks to have Nerf gun wars. It was an effort of the film's student producer, Garrett Hoyos, to keep his classmates having fun.

Star BYU tennis player experiences real growth as a Cougar

Men's tennis player Francis Sargeant sat out the BYU Invitational in early September to give extra rest to an injury, but he was there to cheer on the rest of the Cougars. During a break between matches, he casually hit across the net with a teammate while he joked around with the tournament's chair umpire.
'Princess' power: BYU to present stage adaptation of Shannon Hale's 'Princess Academy'

PROVO - Adapting a 300-page novel into a two-hour play that maintains and communicates the book's major themes is no small feat, but such was the task taken on by three women in preparation for the BYU Department of Theatre and Media Arts' upcoming adaptation of Utah author Shannon Hale's novel "Princess Academy."

BYU racquetball a well-oiled machine

Coach Paul Snyder can't remember a time in the past 20 years when the BYU racquetball team didn't place in the top five teams at nationals. The coed team and women's team have combined to take 13 national championships since 1995. To say BYU racquetball carries a tradition of excellence would be an understatement, and Snyder instills...

BYU Athletics: The world is our playing field

BYU football players jogged alongside stadium bleachers at Johnny Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, high-fiving fans, stopping to autograph hats and taking pictures with the Cougar faithful. The team had just snapped a four-game losing streak, routing Middle Tennessee State 27-7 in a desperately needed win.
Newly acquired Carl Bloch piece unveiled at BYU Museum of Art

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Carl Bloch's "The Mocking of Christ" was available for public viewing for two hours Thursday morning. The painting was recently rediscovered and acquired by the museum. PROVO - The Brigham Young University Museum of Art unveiled its newly acquired Carl Bloch painting, "The Mocking of Christ," Thursday.

Taysom Hill says he plans to be back in 2015

Taysom Hill told media Tuesday that he will stay at BYU for his senior season and plans to be back in some kind of participating shape by spring practice. BYU's former starting quarterback said he is looking forward to the opportunity to play for a national audience next season, after he recovers from the leg fracture he...

Jones sisters keep it all in the family on the tennis team

When Lauren Jones-Spencer started playing tennis for BYU back in 2003, she wasn't the first in the line of Jones family BYU student athletes. She wouldn't be the last, either. Her dad, Marshall Jones, played football during his freshman year at BYU, and Jones-Spencer, now the women's tennis head coach, is coaching her younger sister, Mayci Jones....

Is cheerleading a sport? BYU cheer chimes in

The BYU cheerleaders sat on the playing floor of the Smith Fieldhouse at 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning and stretched to prepare for practice. Head coach Jocelyn Allan gathered the squad and started practice with a backflips warmup. Every member of the team must perform - and stick the landing of - a standing backflip.

Men's tennis players prepare for the preseason at BYU Invitational

The BYU men's tennis team came to play at the BYU Invitational this weekend. Freshman Shane Monroe made a strong showing and played into the championship match Saturday against former BYU No. 1 and ranked tour player Patrick Kawka. Monroe won the first set after a long tiebreak that ended at 13-11.

Cougarette auditions not a simple twirl in the park

Macie Gee had kept her eye on one of the coveted BYU Cougarettes team member spots for a long time when she auditioned last spring. The freshman graphic design major and first-year Cougarette has two older sisters who were previously on the dance team. She had been watching, training and waiting for at least eight...

BYU football player transitions to life off the field

This time last year, Brett Thompson was building a solid career on the BYU football team. He would be doing the same thing right now, except he can no longer play. The senior suffered a career-ending eye injury last fall in a pre-game practice, so he has had to find life outside of football, a life Thompson seems to have...

Marc Oslund: From strikeouts to object lessons

Seminary students at Pleasant Grove High School have a new teacher this year who almost played Major League Baseball. He's a former BYU pitcher who was drafted by teams in the majors multiple times. What's more, in high school, he was also set to play collegiate football for San Diego State.