Renai Bodley intended to use a job interview in Salt Lake City as an all-expense-paid vacation. She had little interest in Utah, having grown up in Virginia and worked in TV newsrooms from Miami to Washington, DC. But she flew out, skied Deer Valley the first day, played golf in the Salt Lake Valley the next day, and was, as she laughs, “begging for the job on the third day.”
The job was assistant news director at FOX 13, and she got it. Two years later, she was promoted to news director, where she spent the next 13 years, building it into the leading news station in Utah. “There’s no better place than a newsroom,” Bodley says. “It’s a fast-paced environment filled with smart people well versed in current events.”
After accomplishing her professional goals in TV, Bodley switched her focus to a much smaller, much different journalistic enterprise: Park City’s community public radio station, KPCW. She learned the radio side of broadcasting as a KPCW news reporter for two years, and then, in June 2017, Bodley was named the station’s general manager. “I really think the future of journalism is in the nonprofit sphere,” she says. “There’s an inherent conflict between profit-generating business and providing transparent public information in a fair and objective manner.” Her mission now is to guide KPCW through the rapidly changing media landscape, where consumers are dispersing to new listening platforms.
She’ll do that while navigating a new personal life. Last fall, Bodley wed Park City’s “Ski Guy,” Mark Miller, an antiques dealer specializing in vintage winter sports gear.