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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Elise Lazar joined about 50 people gathered in the Capitol rotunda to cheer the expected repeal of HB477 on Friday, March 25, 2011.
A couple of awards for your humble narrator ...

Journalists like to give each other prizes. You may have noticed in The Tribune the other today that The Tribune just won a wall-full. [The late, great Molly Ivins used them as trivets.]

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A couple of the Tribune's new trivets have my name on them. Both are for pieces related to last year's fuss over HB477, the bill that was poised to tear the guts out of Utah's public records law before the media and popular uprising that pushed the Legislature to repeal it.:

- "Now, it's up to you," - Editorial, March 7

... The press, meanwhile, has had its say. Now it is up to the people. For it is the people of Utah — not the Legislature, not the governor and, in many ways, not even the press — that will be harmed if HB477 becomes law. ...

- "Imaginary friends," - Personal column, May 14

Last summer, my two sons and I were driving from Buffalo to Cleveland to take in a baseball game and check out the cool collection of suits of armor at the art museum. Controversy ensued. ...

Just in case you were curious about what passes for award-winning writing these days.



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