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Birthday salute to News on KSL

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In celebration of the sesquicentennial birthday of the Deseret News, Utah's pioneering newspaper, KSL-TV Ch. 5 will broadcast a half-hour program, "Through Our Eyes: 150 Years of the Deseret News," at 1 p.m. today.

The short documentary — laced with historic photographs, eyewitnesses accounts and colorful journalism — is narrated by Chris Hicks, the paper's feature editor and former movie critic. It tells the story of a newspaper, born in 1850 on a paper-starved frontier, that survived and thrived along with the city, territory and state in which it was founded.

"Through Our Eyes," produced by the Deseret News with Video West Productions, was directed by Scott Freebairn and written by Don C. Woodward, Ray Boren and Freebairn, based upon the commemorative book "Through Our Eyes," edited and written by Woodward, Robert Noyce, Carma Wadley and Twila Van Leer.

The lavishly illustrated companion book is available for $39.95 at many local bookstores or through the Deseret News. For more information about the keepsake book and the paper's 150th birthday, check out the newspaper's Web site, www.deseretnews.com.