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
  • 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 […]

  • LDS Church leaders present donation to Utah Children’s Justice Center

    SALT LAKE CITY — Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are hoping a recent donation will go a long way toward helping Utah children recover from abuse. The leaders of the LDS Church’s Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary organizations delivered a check for $120,000 to the Utah Children’s Justice Center. The center says the money will go toward enhancing medical services at eight of the center’s locations across the state. Currently, the Justice Center says […]

  • Program hopes to fill 40,000 Utah jobs that don’t require 4-year degrees

    SALT LAKE CITY — For many people, a four-year degree isn’t always an option, but a new program launched this week aims to fill 40,000 jobs that require different qualifications. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced a $2.1 million grant from the Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership that will help the Talent Ready Utah program. “We’re trying to figure out a way to fill 40,000 high-paying positions that are out there right now, but we don’t have qualified workers to fill them,” […]

  • Utah students compete in annual Braille Challenge

    SALT LAKE CITY — More than 40 students ages 5 to 18 put their skills to the test Friday during an annual competition. This year marked the 17th annual Braille Challenge, which is a national competition for those with impaired vision. The competition has four categories: speed and accuracy, proofreading, reading comprehension, and reading charts and graphs. Fox 13’s Hope Woodside spoke with some of the students and educators involved in this year’s event, see the video above for her […]