SALT LAKE CITY – The Deseret News is pleased to announce that Boyd Matheson has been named Opinion Editor and Head of Strategic Reach, joining the executive leadership team of the Deseret News at a key time in the nation’s history and in the ever-evolving media landscape.
“Boyd brings unique experience and skills to the organization and will help expand our reach and influence not just locally, but nationally and internationally,” said Doug Wilks, editor and head content officer of the Deseret News. “He is a proven leader and communicator, and complements the talent we have and continue to assemble as we build toward an important future."
Matheson joins a leadership team under the direction of Sheri Dew, Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer of Deseret Management Corp., and Jeff Simpson, who was named publisher and president in September 2017.
“In his first year as editor of the Deseret News, Doug Wilks, together with Head Digital Officer Burke Olsen, has re-enthroned the rigor of the journalism and laid the foundation for a compelling future,” Matheson said. “The opportunity to be part of a team that includes such journalistic integrity and that values its watchdog role over faith, religious liberty, government institutions and the collective impact on individuals and the family is exciting.”
Matheson, the former Chief of Staff for Sen. Mike Lee and most recently head of the Sutherland Institute in Salt Lake City, will drive the opinion section of the Deseret News with an eye toward adding and developing local and national voices and by expanding its digital offerings. Current Deseret News readers are familiar with Matheson’s weekly column, which offers unique insight with invitations to think and act on principle.
“I appreciate Boyd’s ability to get to the essence of complex issues, state them in simple terms, and create space for people to learn something new," Dew said.
Matheson’s career is marked by an ability to create space for elevated dialogue. As an international business consultant, political strategist and policy leader he has led forums, roundtables, strategy sessions and conventions bringing people together for crucial conversations.
“We have to be willing to transcend the angry and divisive rhetoric we are often served up and engage in real dialogue. We can never allow the loud and strident voices on either end of any particular issue to prevent us from having the conversation that will allow us to solve the problem,” he said.
Matheson will begin his duties on Jan. 29. He replaces former Opinion Editor Hal Boyd, who left the Deseret News for a new job this year. Matheson’s additional leadership responsibilities will help further position the Deseret News as a place for thoughtful discourse.
The Deseret News, part of Deseret Management Corp., has published since June 15, 1850, and is a respected and authoritative moral voice to people of conscience throughout the world. As part of its Editorial Policy states: “Through meticulously accurate reporting, rigorous analysis and compelling narratives, the Deseret News dispels ignorance, enabling its readers to make a positive difference in their families and communities.”