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Tad Walch

Tad Walch covers the LDS Church and the Church Education System, including BYU, BYU-Idaho and BYU-Hawaii. Tad has worked for the Deseret News for 10 years, serving as the Enterprise Team Editor, the City Editor and the Utah County Bureau Chief.

Tad studied journalism at BYU, where he twice served as editor of the Daily Universe. He was a co-founder of Cougar Sports Magazine and served co-editor from 1993-1997. He worked as a sports reporter, sports editor, Olympics reporter and courts reporter at the Daily Herald from 1997-2003. Tad has lived for 28 years in Utah County, where he and his wife are raising five children.

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New LDS missions and mission president assignments effective next July began to leak this week and caused a stir. The Utah Provo Mission will split to create a mission in Orem. A Washington mission will split f...
President Barack Obama's announcement Wednesday about normalizing relations with Cuba led LDS Church members to think about the possibility of missionary work in that country, where the faith has two small but ...
If the president signs a $585 billion defense spending bill, BYU will be able to secure the trail and land around the block Y on Y Mountain. The sale would give the university control of about 80 acres for an e...
A new website lets people see whether their ancestors interacted with Joseph Smith by combining the databases of FamilySearch and the Joseph Smith Papers Project.
A 25-year-old man died Monday afternoon after his vehicle struck a granite retaining wall outside the LDS Church's Lubbock Texas Temple. Investigators have not determined what caused the crash.
Spencer Behrend momentarily lost his child in a crowd of 300,000. Then the BYU MBA student decided to create a product that would help parents never lose children again. He and fellow student Zack Oates created...
Elder Robert B. Harbertson, who served as a general authority of the LDS Church from 1984-89 and was a Utah State University basketball star in the early 1950s, died of cancer on Tuesday in Farmington.
Construction will begin next summer on an expansion of the LDS Church's missionary training center in Provo. The expansion will increase the MTC's capacity to host and train 3,500 missionaries at a time, up fro...
LDS women with children at home are now eligible for full-time employment as teachers in the faith's Seminaries and Institutes of Religion programs, after a policy change made Friday. Divorcees also are now eli...
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf made a harrowing escape from East Germany as an 11-year-old before construction of the Berlin Wall, then he rejoiced as a stake president when the wall fell and Germany reunited.