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Courtesy Ed Kelley
Ed Kelley, a veteran in the news industry, will join the Deseret News as a Senior Contributing Editor.

SALT LAKE CITY — Ed Kelley, a veteran news executive, is joining the Deseret News as a senior contributing editor.

Kelley has previously been the editor of The Washington Times, in Washington, D.C., and The Oklahoman, in Oklahoma City.

He called coming to the Deseret News a "natural follow" because it combines the regional focus of The Oklahoman with the national and international focus of The Washington Times.

"As a veteran news executive and award-winning editor, Kelley brings unparalleled experience and judgment to our paper's innovation and growth," Paul Edwards, Editor of the Deseret News, said.

About five years ago, he met Deseret News President and CEO Clark Gilbert and soon became involved in leadership meetings and brand sharing between the two papers. He saw similarities in coverage and brand between the Times and the Deseret News.

"I was very, very impressed with what the Deseret News was doing at the time," Kelley said.

Kelley said he was drawn to the Deseret News in part because of the organization's ability to hone in on six areas of coverage. Not many traditional news outlets have the similar ability to identify what they are doing well and refine those in a way that allows for future growth, he said.

Kelley will serve as senior contributing editor for the Deseret News for a period of nine months. In this capacity he will work on strategic editorial projects, help elevate the paper's national profile and work on staff development, he said.

"I really jumped at the chance," to work for Deseret News, Kelley said.

In 1996, Kelley was named Editor of the Year by the Washington-based National Press Foundation for overseeing The Oklahoman's coverage of the April 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. That bombing, which killed 168 people, was, at the time, the nation's worst domestic terrorist incident.

Kelley also served as a juror to the Pulitzer Prizes in 1998 and was named to the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2003. He serves on the board of directors of the National Press Club Journalism Institute and is on the advisory committee of the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

While at The Oklahoman, Kelley worked to help the organization make the transition to digital technology and collaborate with other media outlets. The American Journalism Review featured Kelley's efforts in a 2011 article.

In recent months, Kelley has traveled twice to Bangladesh as part of a State Department program, as well as to Myanmar where he represented a media working group from Washington, D.C.-based American University. He is a member of the National Press Club and the American Society of News Editors.

He and his wife, Carole, an educational administrator, have three adult children.