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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) Steve Booth (left) joined about 50 people gathered in the Capitol rotunda to cheer the expected repeal of HB477 Friday March 25, 2011.
Another recognition for Trib, and its readers ...

The news and opinion staff of The Salt Lake Tribune have been recognized again for their efforts to bat down attempts to weaken Utah's open records law.

- Salt Lake Tribune, editorial stance, Lobbying keeps Utah's open record laws intact - Investigative Reporters and Editors

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Judges’ Comments: For its superb and fair coverage and its rigorous editorial advocacy, The Salt Lake Tribune receives an IRE Special Recognition Award for "Service to the First Amendment." The paper waged and won a battle over the Utah legislature’s attempt to eviscerate Utah’s open records law and citizens’ rights to know. Lawmakers introduced and passed a bill late in the legislative session without much notice. But the paper fought back in two months of coverage on the content and impact of the bill. It offered its content to other newspapers around the state, and in a rare and unusual move ran strong editorials on the front page. Despite the governor’s initial signing of the bill, the paper’s efforts and public outcry forced him to reverse his position and call the legislature back into session. For extraordinary effort by newspaper managers and staff, IRE offers it congratulations and awards special recognition.

Of course, this is a journalism prize that the newspaper shares with its readers. If there hadn't been a popular uprising against the Legislature's HB477 - the real reason why the governor turned around and the Legislature voted for repeal - our efforts would have just looked silly.


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