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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Elections are among the most important functions a government performs. They must be fair and reliable, but they also should be easy to navigate.
We all seem to hate the connection of money and politics, which is like hating the connection between fish and water. Try winning an election without money and you’ll end up flopping and gasping along the...
A lighthearted look at news of the day. Clinton’s campaign has turned into the political version of The Biggest Loser. Whatever she loses now, she’s sure to gain back in a few months.
Despite its obvious advantages, I doubt a future Utah bid would be free from huge expenditures forced on it by the IOC.
Lawmakers favor spending $14 million to sue the federal government to obtain title to federal land in Utah, but will give zero to help preserve the open spaces already in private hands.
The least we can do is encourage the kinds of rigorous scientific studies to tell us what we are unleashing.
You may be interested in scanning some of the issues Utah’s currents are carrying downstream this spring. Here’s a sampling from my files:
A lighthearted look at news of the day. Ted Cruz was forced to drop out of the presidential race last week after his running mate, Carly Fiorina, apparently fell through a wormhole into another dimension of tim...
Mother’s Day should be a reminder of what many of our mothers taught us, which is to be polite, high-minded and slow to anger. As with a lot of the wisdom from our elders, that one was more than just a ni...
We need a law that takes a more holistic approach to the problem. We need more studies to determine all the factors that pollute the air. We probably should bring other nations to the table, as well.