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9/11/2019  |   1:30 PM - 3:00 PM   |  Soldier Creek

Voice to the Vanished: Lessons From the Cold Podcast

The Cold podcast focused on the December 7, 2009 disappearance of Susan Powell and the investigation into her suspected murder. Journalist and host Dave Cawley spent years researching the case. That research included a close examination of the never-before-released private journals of Susan's husband, Josh Powell. It also involved a study of journals kept by Susan's father-in-law Steve Powell. Together, the Powell family journals revealed an environment of extreme familial dysfunction, which traced its roots back to Josh Powell's maternal grandmother. This presentation will examine the escalating pattern of generational domestic abuse present in the Powell family, as well as the various ways that environment shaped the Powell children. It will also include discussion of how a victim-centered storytelling approach prompted positive action on the part of listeners who had or were experiencing domestic abuse.

Dave Cawley (Primary Presenter), KSL Newsradio, dcawley@ksl.com;
Born and raised in Utah, Dave has spent the entirety of his career in the Beehive State. He is a 2003 graduate of the University of Utah’s journalism school and went to work as a field reporter directly out of college. He joined KSL in 2012, taking over as the Executive Producer for the afternoon news. In early 2018, he moved into a new role as Executive Producer of Digital Content. On November 14, 2018, KSL and Dave launched the podcast series Cold, focused on the unsolved disappearance of Susan Powell. Cold reached #1 on the Apple podcast chart on the day of its release. The story of Susan Powell is close to Dave. He reported on the unsolved case since she first disappeared in 2009. Outside of the newsroom, Dave enjoys exploring the nooks of America’s backcountry. He has backpacked from heights of Hawaiian cliffs to the depths of red rock canyons. The Natural History Museum of Utah and the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon have exhibited his photography.