Deseret News education editor Twila Van Leer has been chosen by the University of Utah Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa to receive its annual Distinguished Service to Education award.

The professional educators' group will present the award at its annual initiation dinner Thursday night. Van Leer is being honored for "the professionalism she displays in reporting and interpreting education news," said Dianne Hesleph, chapter president. Selected for special mention were her series on the effect of tax reform initiatives on California and her weekly column on the editorial page, "an example of thoroughness and accuracy."