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RHETT WILKINSON

52 S. 100 West #2, American Fork, UT 84003 · 801-300-1809 · wilkinsonrhett@gmail.com

EDUCATION

BS Journalism & Area Certificate, Utah State University

General assignment                                                                      Aug. 2010-present

Editor, The Good Men Project

  • My opinions are published to 3 million individuals monthly on politics, religion and sports
  • Recruits other writers online, besides managing stories and persons

Writer, The Inquisitr

  • Original and aggregate reporting for the national publication
  • Stories included the rise of Democratic candidates in Utah, a breaking report of the Mormon church ending its home teaching program and aggregates of Robert Mueller’s investigation of Donald Trump

Reporter, Rocket-Miner

  • Sweetwater County school board/district, Green River city council beats; sports
  • Stories included district administration circulating a flier about closing a school, city building a facility for a company before each voted to do it; board dispute with the teacher association, teachers’ fear of retaliation from superintendent, the meeting between the board and administration begging legal questions on the board’s end; why city brands itself as it does

Freelance – government & more

  • Reported that Rep. Mia Love used campaign funds for Disney World and the leaked “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” plot; developed a beat on the Trump resistance in Utah
  • About two dozen pieces picked up by publications including USA Today, ESPN
  • Writing for national publications The Good Men Project, Bleacher Report, Thought Catalog
  • “Top writer” on Medium, with multiple posts having gone viral and having written for Extra Newsfeed, MovieTime Guru and Hacker Noon

Co-founder & managing editor, Aggie BluePrint

  • Created first Utah State University student magazine in recruiting staff of two dozen
  • Posted links to stories on website to social media daily; national grant for consecutive print issues

Editor, Philipsburg Mail

  • Twelve stories per week on county, town government affairs to features about musicians, bike trail builders, more
  • Laid out six or more pages per week of 20-page weekly; trained in photography, photos I took were used nearly every issue
  • Promoted updated website pburgmail.com weekly on social media

Writer, Valley Journals

  • Wrote 10 stories per week – city council reports, features, sports and more
  • Stories included those on South Jordan and Herriman city affairs that have been in the news since 2015: South Jordan mayor’s creating divisions; alleged bribe in South Jordan race; Herriman reservoir problems; and more

Staff writer & senior writer, Utah Statesman

  • Led in stories being an editor’s pick in 2010-11 school year

Niche                                                                                   May 2011-present

Sports, features & business writer, Deseret News

  • Wrote perhaps the first story about contemporary Utah Transit Authority issues
  • In-depths, features, reports featured in Pew Forum, USA Today, first Deseret News National Edition
  • Work published in print at least weekly, online multiple times per week
  • Gameday coverage of Utah Jazz; University of Utah, BYU, USU athletics

USU athletics correspondent, Standard-Examiner (in college)

  • Approximately six dozen stories published; clean copy on tight deadlines
  • Tweeted at least a half-dozen updates each quarter; notified on social media channels about updates

Reporter, Utah Policy Daily

  • Wrote stories on Mia Love-Jim Matheson race (first such report in media), perception of Sen. Mike Lee following his leading role in the federal gov’t shutdown, party caucuses, local gov’t races, more
  • Created databases of state’s top 1,000 and 5,000 industry leaders for seminars, newsletters
  • Doubled publisher’s Twitter followers

Education and city reporter, Rocket-Miner

  • see story highlights above

HONORS & AWARDS: Seven SPJ awards in three years; two Religion Newswriters Association awards in one year; featured in “Liberalis” magazine

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