Jay Evensen
Jay Evensen is the senior editorial columnist for the Deseret News. He has been on the editorial board since 1994. Prior to that, he was a reporter for the Deseret News, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and United Press International in New York City, covering a wide range of subjects from crime to politics. His weekly column on politics and social issues has won numerous local, regional and national awards. Jay Evensen graduated from Brigham Young University in 1983 with a B.A. In journalism and a minor in Scandinavian Studies. He was a fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland in 1992. His work was recognized with an award by the John Templeton Foundation in 2006 for the editorial treatment of human virtue and its importance in the life of our society and country. His employer nominated him for a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for a series of editorials on drunken driving. Jay is a member of the SDX Foundation Board, an arm of the Society of Professional Journalists. He served six years on the national governing board of SPJ. He also is a member of the National Conference of Editorial Writers. He lives in South Jordan, Utah, with his wife, Kirsti. They have five children and two grandchildren.

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I have reasons for suggesting such madness, and surely in Washington such behavior would be considered as insane as purchasing a fleet of snowplows in New Orleans.
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My driver acknowledged he had violated a city ordinance by picking me up at the airport.
For years, people have argued over “peak oil,” but now it's time to worry about "peak chocolate."
Newton Minow once described TV accurately as a "vast wasteland." What, then, is the Internet? A wasteland on steroids?
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I’ve heard from readers who say it's OK. Let the informed people vote, even if their numbers are few. But that doesn't seem like a good way to run a society.
A lighthearted look at news of the day.
Families of all kinds struggle to keep children from trouble and family finances from ruin, even as they teach principles that pass success to future generations. Their interests did not fare well on Tuesday.
In Australia, you face a $20 fine if you don’t cast a ballot. Then you face another $170 plus court costs and a criminal record if you ignore that.