A national network news program will focus on Salt Lake City Monday night, examining Utah's image and the role here of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

NBC Nightly News, which airs at 5 p.m., interviewed Salt Lake Mayor Palmer DePaulis Monday morning as he and a reporter walked through Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City."I'm not a native of Utah, I'm not LDS . . . I think the fact that I can represent this city well, and that religion is not an issue, is certainly something that speaks well for this city, and that ought to be publicized," DePaulis said he told NBC.

The news program is fascinated with the perception outsiders have of Salt Lake City, epitomized by recent stories in the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal painting Utah as a "Perry Como kind of place" with awkward liquor laws, he said.

DePaulis, one of several government and church and officials interviewed for the show, said he felt the news segment would be well done and would be instrumental in bringing about a better image for the city and the state.