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Respected LDS Journalist dies
(DeAnn Evans)
Salt Lake Tribune 21Mar00 P2


Newsline briefs: Funerals this week for writer, ex-editor
Deseret News 21Mar00 P2


DeAnn Evans
Deseret News 21Mar00 P2
Deseret News editorial

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Utah's journalism community will mourn the passing of DeAnn Evans. Evans, who died suddenly last weekend, stood as a vanguard for journalistic ethics. She was absolutely undeviating in her regard for truth and accuracy. She did not neglect the human side of her art. She covered the news with sensitivity and forged friendships along the way. Her years as managing editor of this newspaper was followed by years as an associate professor of communications at the University of Utah, placed journalism at a premium level statewide. She motivated many reporters and touched their lives by encouraging them to do their jobs better.

Evans had a huge hand in lifting the collective standards of all Utah media. She served as a loving mentor and as an uncompromising demander of excellence, all at once. Evans lived what she taught, had an unwavering character and didn't waddle in the mud of ethical gray areas. She made a career of clearly defining ethical standards and was among the most respected of all Utahns in the media.

Evans' legacy will live on in the many young journalists she influenced. Some of those are working at media outlets right now. Others were enrolled in her class, expecting to learn more from her this week. They aren't likely to forget her lessons, and all of Utah will benefit from that.


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