Hi! I want to say “thanks” if you watch FOX 13’s Live at Five and FOX 13 News at Nine .. and if you don’t – why not check it out!?

My name is Hope Woodside – I am the female half of Utah’s longest running news team – but don’t jump to conclusions that we are the OLDEST news team!:) I am a native of Chicago but have been living here since 1995 and love it.

I adore the ski slopes, great restaurants, awesome people, Sundance film festival, golf courses, beautiful National Parks and lots of animal lovers – and great theatre from Salt Lake’s Acting company to Park City’s Egyptian theatre – you can always find a great show and even better talent! Utah has something for everyone.

I’m proud to be affiliated with FOX 13 – Our station works with Utah’s American Cancer Society. Each year, FOX 13 sponsors the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk – we raise money for breast cancer research and programs for people who have breast cancer. Thousands of people descend on Liberty Park in Salt Lake City and we walk together – share stories, and laugh. We also take the time to remember and honor those who have won and lost the fight against this disease. Please come join us – you can find information in the Health section of this web page!

In 2011 I was honored to be named Salt Lake’s “City Weekly Best TV Anchorwoman!” You have no idea how grateful I am for fourteen years of support from wonderful people who watch and vote! THANK YOU!

Feel free to email me – I would love to hear from you – Hope.


Recent Articles
  • Utahn who received kidney says Transplant Games a way to honor, connect with donor families

    SALT LAKE CITY — Tiffany Gordon was diagnosed with diabetes as a child, but it took years of struggling with countless health problems until organ donation saved her life. Tiffany is in great shape these days and has been happily married to her husband, Jason, for seven years. She says her journey to good health hasn’t been easy, starting at 11 years old when she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. “I was in my late teens and I got […]

  • Mother says daughter’s legacy lives on through organ donation

    SALT LAKE CITY — Dawn Christensen’s 9-year-old daughter was killed in a sledding accident in 2009, and she says saying yes to organ donation has helped her family heal. Patia Christensen was the younger of two children, and her mother describes her as a bright light. “She was just a sweetheart—the clearest most beautiful blue eyes you’ve ever seen—so friendly, a little bit shy, but she was the peacemaker among her friends,” Christensen said. But tragedy hit in January of […]

  • Utahn who received life-saving donation looks forward to Transplant Games in SLC

    SALT LAKE CITY — For the past few years, Fox 13 has been highlighting the gift of organ donation. This year, the Donate Life Transplant Games will be held in Utah. The event is like the Olympic Games for living donors, donor families and organ recipients. One participant is Riley Nelson of South Jordan, who underwent a heart transplant at 7-weeks-old. He received a heart from a donor who died of SIDS. “I’ve been doing Transplant Games ever since I […]

  • Gift of Hope: Coworker donates kidney for Utah man

    Manny Ramirez needed a new kidney, and he was brought to tears when he found out a coworker had herself tested to see if she was a compatible match. Use the video player above for the full story by FOX 13’s Hope Woodside.

  • Utah teen’s legacy lives on through gift of organ donation

    SALT LAKE CITY — Conrad Jensen was a bright, fun-loving teen who could quote Shakespeare and who had a way with animals and even fish. He may have passed on, but Jensen left behind a legacy for two Utah women. “He was the one who made sure we hugged and loved each other,” said Conrad’s mother, Lucille. Jensen reflects upon her son at the Gift of Life Memorial. She said depression caused her wonderful son to jump over an overpass. […]

  • Donors give Utah man the gift of sight, a new lease on life

    When you think of organ donation, you probably think about a heart or liver, but this is the story of a man who received two small donations that made an enormous impact. Fred Meaders is a coach, teacher and friend. He had a condition called keratoconus, which distorts your vision. “The only real treatment is to wear contacts that retard the malformation that comes into the cornea and causes the cornea to become more and more cone-shaped,” he said. “By […]

  • Utah father enjoys life with family thanks to organ donation

    SALT LAKE CITY — Dave Ericson has faced health struggles since childhood, but thanks to organ donation he is still able to be there for his family. Ericson had an inflammatory disease beginning at age 12, and his colon was removed at 18. After his first daughter was born he found out he needed a liver transplant, but a healthy liver didn’t come. “The doctors suggested that maybe I would consider taking a liver that was slightly more risky,” he […]

  • Utah aunt and nephew celebrate ‘liver-versary’ each year after life-saving donation

    What would you do if you or a family member needed a liver? That’s the situation 18-year old Carson Strachan faced. His parents were not a match, but one family member was. At 18, Carson turned yellow. He saw a doctor, who determined the teen needed a liver transplant. When his father was not a match, his aunt, Liz Ellsworth, got tested. “Liz actually with my dad went and got tested with the doctors and didn’t tell me until actually […]

  • Utah woman owes her life to teen who felt strongly about organ donation

    SALT LAKE CITY — Carol Holmes is alive today thanks to a teen and his mother, who is now passionate about organ donation. “For years I didn’t feel very good and nobody could really figure out why,” Holmes said. “I just was extremely tired and I just didn’t feel right.” Carol’s doctor said she’d need a new liver, but not for several years. But then just a couple of years later, a blood test revealed her health was deteriorating. “I […]

  • Utah man hosts annual benefit ride after receiving life-saving transplant

    SALT LAKE CITY — Shaun Coon was the recipient of a live-saving organ donation, and now he hosts a Gift of Life ride to raise money to educate people about organ donation. The ride has grown each year and raises funds to benefit Intermountain Donor Services. “I was on a waiting list for six months, I was in a coma for two,” Coon said. “…I waited for two months after that and finally got the call that there was a […]

  • ‘Miracle Babies’ reunite with NICU staff at aquarium in Draper

    DRAPER, Utah — Kids love the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, but once a year a very special group of children make a visit. They’re called “miracle babies”, and each spent the first few weeks of their lives in a newborn intensive care unit. The theme of this year’s visit is “just keep swimming.” Each of the kids who attended beat long odds to be at the special gathering, and they got help along the way from the medical staff at […]

  • Utah teen’s dream comes true with garbage truck ride, trip to Disney World

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A garbage truck and Disney World may not seem like an ideal combination, but it was a dream come true for a West Valley City teenager battling a serious disease. Austin Trusty is a 15-year-old who loves Disney movies and garbage trucks, and he had a wish granted this week by the Make-A-Wish Utah foundation. Austin enjoys garbage pick up day. “Because when I don’t have school I chase that [truck] around my neighborhood… It’s […]