Doug Wilks is the executive editor of the Deseret News. His four-decade news career as reporter and editor included stints with Gannett in Marin County, California, and the New York Times Regional Media Group as an editor before joining the Deseret News in 2012. He resides in Salt Lake City with his wife, Christiana.

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A year into the pandemic, it seems COVID-19 has found its way into every aspect of the culture, from schools to churches to business and even into games on the playground.
Convincing those who said they are not sure about the vaccine may be the key to Utah returning to some semblance of normalcy by fall.
Regardless of what one believes about the media or news coverage, can we agree on the need to eliminate violence?
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The lessons from 2020 media coverage are only now beginning to be explored. Understanding those lessons will drive us into 2021.
Two months ago I wrote a story announcing the future of the Deseret News. We are are now a week away from that new future, moving into year 171 for the Deseret News as we prepare to introduce a weekly print edition.
Each of those deceased lost the COVID-19 lottery. That sentence also feels too harsh to write. This is no movie.
A story of a Japanese mochi shop published Saturday in the New York Times has pandemic lessons about sacrifice and family.
The opioid epidemic is now more than a decade old, and Utah was front and center in prescribing and promoting OxyContin and the painkillers that so many with chronic pain sought.
Brooklyn sat on the grass wrapped in a hooded sweatshirt with his legs tucked in a sleeping bag. His mates, Christian and Richard, stood nearby. This is homelessness in Salt Lake City.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has put emergency orders in place, to be re-evaluated on Nov. 23. Saturday’s numbers don’t build optimism, but this can be turned around.
The Saturday decision for Biden will not be the end of the election fight: President Donald Trump released a statement Saturday morning vowing to continue.
Saturday morning meeting with White House leaders underscored the key role Utah plays in the fight against the virus.
In the new year we will add a weekly print version for Utah readers, a separate weekly print newspaper for those beyond Utah’s borders and a monthly print magazine to be called Deseret.
Elections matter and the choice of candidate is important. But far more important is the necessity for the citizenry to engage in the political process. It’s our process, not the politicians’. The citizenry remains in charge.
Perhaps the legacy of the vice presidential debate is the impact it will have on students and their future civil engagement.
Kamala Harris is already in Utah. Mike Pence is still expected. If COVID-19 can be managed the nation will get a close look at the candidates.
The week before the gubernatorial debate had seen an explosion of the number of COVID-19 cases and the day before the debate was another record, just under 1,200. What is the role of asking questions?
The lesson of COVID-19: Utah is a great state. It’s up to Utahns to keep it that way.
During the past week, the use of anonymous sources has been both attacked and supported with the publication of The Atlantic’s piece on President Trump.
The key number to consider is 1. Or in other words, you. You, one person, can make the difference in stopping the spread.