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Todd Hansen speaking at Annual Springville Family History Fair

By Ginny Ackerson

Mark your calendars for the Springville Family History Fair on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at the Hobble Creek Stake Center (495 S Canyon Dr, Springville) starting at 9 a.m. with keynote speaker journalist Todd Hansen from Story Trek. The theme is “Connecting Families; Past, Present and Future” and the fair is free to the public.

We have 28 classes for those who have beginning to intermediate research experience. Presentations include Polynesian, French, German, United States and British research, indexing classes focused on youth, busy people and Spanish speakers and anyone who wants to learn to index. Learn how to organize your research, find out what’s new in FamilySearch and Ancestry, and how to use the sites most effectively.

We also have classes on research apps and the latest technology and programs. Don’t forget the “Ask an Expert” one on one consultations, fabulous door prizes and a free scrumptious lunch!

Todd Hansen is a broadcast journalist and award-winning host of BYU-TV’s The Story Trek. He is president of TKH Productions. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communications Studies from Brigham Young University and is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Hansen began his career as a reporter and anchor with a CBS affiliate in the Washington Tri-Cities area. He then took a job with Fox News in Salt Lake City, where he reported news for ten years. He left when he grew weary of the negativity prevalent in the news. While at Fox News, he pitched the idea to tell the story of an average person on the street and the result, nicknamed “Trippin’ with Todd,” was a regular Sunday night segment. He wanted to produce more than one short segment so for the following five years he did consulting and freelance TV productions. When he learned that BYU-TV was searching for a new series, he presented his idea of Story Trek, which is based upon Hansen’s belief that everyone has a story to tell.

Hansen and his crew travel throughout the United States and randomly knock on doors to find people who are willing to tell their life story on television. Each episode features three to five stories. Most people initially say that they don’t have anything special to tell, but Hansen always finds their experiences compelling and conveys an uplifting message to his viewers.

The Story Trek reaches approximately 60 million households across the country. Hansen was presented with an Emmy as producer and host of The Story Trek during the 2012 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards in Phoenix, Arizona. The show has won five Emmy's in the last two years.

Hansen and his wife have four daughters and live in Highland, Utah.