Robert D. “Bob” Mullins, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former Deseret News writer, died Wednesday, June 8, at the age of 91.
Mr. Mullins won America’s highest journalism honor in 1962 for his story of a murder and kidnapping at Dead Horse Point in July of 1961. Working in remote Utah, he was able to gather information in the crime case that even the FBI didn’t have.
When once asked about his honor, he modestly said “Actually, the Deseret News is the real winner of this award. I am just a part of it.”
He was hired by the Deseret News in April of 1951 and retired Dec. 31, 1987, ending his career as the News’ investigative reporter.
Mr. Mullins had graduated from the University of Utah in 1950. He started as a “copyboy” at the News, moving to sports writing and then to the Price Bureau, where he won the Pulitzer Prize after almost a decade there.
He was later named as the University of Utah’s “outstanding alumnus” that year after receiving the Pulitzer. He also won first place in 1980 in the Utah-Idaho-Spokane Associated Press Association newspaper contest in the investigative reporting division for a series on tax reappraisals with two other Deseret News reporters.
In 1979, he was the first non-lawyer to receive a “friend of the court” award from Utah’s judges.
At the time of his passing, Mr. Mullins had been residing in Berryville, Virginia. Funeral services are planned for Wednesday, June 22, in Las Vegas.