Lois M. Collins
Lois M. Collins is a reporter and columnist for the Deseret News. While she writes primarily on family issues for the national and news sections, she also writes a biweekly column and her work appears often in the feature section. Collins spent most of her childhood in Idaho Falls and graduated a long time ago from the University of Utah with a degree in communications. She's won numerous national, regional and local writing awards, but is most proud of the fact she once stepped out of a perfectly good airplane in midair for a story. She and her husband, Beaux, have two nearly grown daughters and live in Salt Lake City. She uses her middle initial because there are a LOT of Lois Collinses out there.
Dec 6, 2017 10:01 pm MSTAmerican Community Survey says Utah's getting older, earning more and paying more for housing The American Community Survey's new five-year estimates for 2012-2016 take a deep dive into 40 facets of the nation's social and economic characteristics. In Utah, it finds the median age has risen and a smaller share of households include children.
Dec 19, 2017 10:57 am MSTThis is what helping strangers can do for your teen, according to a new BYU study Research from BYU suggests that adolescents who help people they don't know have higher self-esteem — and it's not a fleeting change. The benefits of helping strangers can be seen at least a year later.
Dec 21, 2017 7:41 pm MSTFor some, the holidays are painful. Here's how to support those having a blue Christmas Some mourn the death of a parent, a child or beloved friend. Some may weep because a relationship or marriage died, or pine because those ties were never born. And others feel alone. Whatever the reason, here’s how we can all help each other.
Jan 16, 2018 4:50 pm MSTHeart and head at war over laws that criminalize acts of charity A couple of California towns have made headlines recently by criminalizing acts of charity related to people who are homeless. In El Cajon, you're not supposed to feed them in the park. In Malibu, churches have been asked to stop feeding them at all.
Jan 24, 2018 9:48 pm MSTUtah considers placing female statue in nation's Capitol amid national conversation on monuments and values Utah was the first state to elect a woman to a state senate, clear back in 1895. Now, some would like to send that same woman to Washington to represent the Beehive State in the national capitol's Statuary Hall.