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The Deseret News is a newspaper published in Salt Lake City, Utahmarker, and is Utahmarker's oldest continually published daily newspaper. It has the second largest daily circulation in the state behind The Salt Lake Tribune. The Deseret News is owned by Deseret News Publishing Company, a subsidiary of Deseret Management Corporation, which is a for-profit business holdings company owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (colloquially known as the Mormon or LDS Church).

The newspaper is published by Newspaper Agency Corporation, which it co-owns with the Tribune under a joint operating agreement. As of 2000, its circulation was roughly half of the Tribune's. As of 2006, combined circulation of the 2 papers was 151,422.

The Deseret News also publishes a weekly tabloid-sized insert, the Church News, which is included in the newspaper and also distributed as a separate publication outside Utah with the "Mormon Times" section. Church News includes news of the LDS Church and has been published since 1931. Since 1974, the Deseret News has published the Church Almanac, composed of LDS Church facts and statistics edited by Church News staff. The "Mormon Times" is about "the people, faith and culture associated with the church."

The editorial tone of the Deseret News is usually described as moderate to conservative, and is often assumed to reflect the values of its owner, the LDS Church. For example, the newspaper does not accept advertising that violates church standards. However, it has taken liberal positions on amnesty for illegal immigrants and on CIA secret prisons, as LDS Church leaders have openly censured any type of torture.


The original press used by the Deseret News
The Deseret News was first published on June 15, 1850. It was named Deseret News because it was the voice of the then State of Deseret.

Originally a weekly paper, the Deseret News became a semi-weekly in October, 1865 and was named the Deseret Evening News. That title was dropped in 1920. The paper began publishing as an afternoon daily in 1922 and included its first Sunday edition.

After World War II, the Deseret News, The Salt Lake Tribune and the Salt Lake Telegram were all struggling financially, but no more than the Deseret News. In 1952 the owners of the News (LDS Church) and Tribune (Thomas Kearns Family) entered into a joint operating agreement (JOA), where each published separate editorial material while sharing printing, advertising and circulation costs. This JOA was the brainchild of Tribune Publisher John F. Fitzpatrick who helped LDS President David McKay ensure the continuation of the Deseret News. As the architect of the NAC, Fitzpatrick knew that this arrangement would also be beneficial to the Tribune.The News stopped Sunday publication for several years; subscribers received a Sunday Tribune instead. The Deseret News also purchased the afternoon Salt Lake Telegram from the Tribune. The Telegram was discontinued, and into the mid-1960s, the afternoon paper's nameplate read: The Deseret News and Salt Lake Telegram.

Deseret News reporter Robert Mullins won a Pulitzer Prize in 1962 for local reporting "for his resourceful coverage of a murder and kidnapping at Dead Horse Point, Utahmarker."

The newspaper moved into its newly constructed headquarters in downtown Salt Lake Citymarker in 1997.

In the early 2000s, the Deseret News engaged in a contentious and often public battle with The Salt Lake Tribune. The dispute centered around the terms of their joint operating agreement, the desire of the Deseret News to switch from afternoon to morning publication, and ownership changes at the Tribune. The battle was resolved with the sale of the Tribune and with the News switching to morning publication and changing its name to the Deseret Morning News.

Managing Editor John Hughes retired on December 31, 2006 and was replaced by Joseph A. Cannon.

On April 13, 2008, Joseph A. Cannon announced in a front page editor's note that the name of the newspaper has been changed back to the Deseret News.

The newspaper's editors included the following:

  • 1914: E. Leroy Bourne
  • 1918-1922: John Q. Cannon
  • 1922-1928: Harold Goff
  • 1928: Alexander Buchanan, Jr.
  • 1928-1931: John Q. Cannon
  • 1931–1934: Joseph J. Cannon
  • 1934–1941: ?
  • 1941–at least 1969: Mark E. Petersen
  • ????–????: ?
  • bef. 1973–1984: William B. Smart
  • 1985–1996: Jim Mortimer
  • 1997–2006: John Hughes
  • 2007–present: Joseph A. Cannon

Among those who have served as publisher of the Deseret News was Wendell J. Ashton (1978–85), and Wm. James Mortimer.



  • Woodward, Don C., ed. (1999), Through Our Eyes: 150 Years of History as Seen Through the Eyes of the Writers and Editors of the Deseret News, Salt Lake City: Deseret News Publishing Co. ISBN 1573456608
  • Malmquist, The First Hundred Years, History of The Salt Lake Tribune.

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