How does a longtime police officer become Utah's best-known humor columnist?
The transition, according to The Salt Lake Tribune's Robert Kirby, was more seamless than one might expect.
Journalists and those who work in law enforcement often have surprisingly similar personalities, said Kirby, speaking Wednesday on TribTalk with moderator Jennifer Napier-Pearce.
"Both have a strong notion about what's right and fair," he said. "Reporters chase stories the same way cops chase bad guys."
Kirby said former Tribune editor Jay Shelledy hired him more than 20 years to write a religion column.
His irreverent but irresistible take on Mormonism and life in Utah proved so popular with Mormons and non-Mormons alike that Kirby soon became a full-time columnist for The Tribune.