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RHETT WILKINSON

801-300-1809 · wilkinsonrhett@gmail.com

EDUCATION

BS Journalism & area certificate, Utah State University

EXPERIENCE

Contributor, 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 replacing its flagship program and aggregates of Robert Mueller’s investigation of Donald Trump

Publisher, Beehive Blunders, Beyond Tinsel, The Seer Stone; writer, ami @ Medium

  • Voluntarily went to a fire just off Utah’s Capitol Hill and broke the story
  • Pieces on Mormonism include a Mormon bishop going on a hunger strike to end child abuse by other bishops; why a vice president of Affirmation resigned after the Mormon church gave the Mormon LGBTQ organization $25,000; the correlation between youth suicides in Utah and the church; a history of the prophet of the third-largest Mormon sect; MormonLeaks’ operations
  • Broke the leaked plots from films where others in the series rank in the top five all-time at the box office
  • Commentaries included analyses of “Star Wars” fanboys being too conservative and making the franchise their religion
  • “Top writer” on Medium, with multiple posts having gone viral and having written for ami

Contributor, Patch

  • Reported on a man who picked up his own child, a baby, by the neck
  • Other key stories: Rep. Mia Love didn’t appear to like town halls after the 2016 election; Utah was at an impasse over its water strategy; a coal-to-liquids facility could have been in rural Utah for more than a year; a wave of millennials in Utah involved in politics

Editor, The Good Men Project

  •  Political pieces include Rep. Mia Love using campaign funds for Disney World; tactics by the Utah Gun Exchange in following March For Our Lives across the country; what Utah Democrats think of now-senatorial candidate Mitt Romney; President Trump rejecting mainstream media in Utah after embracing it generally
  •  Entertainment pieces include breaking the leaked plot of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and social commentaries as they relate to new films
  •  Gender pieces include wearing capris and having long hair as a man
  •  Recruiting other writers online, besides managing stories and writers

Reporter, Rocket-Miner

  • Sweetwater County School District No. 2 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
  • City stories included the City of Green River having lined up a plant with a company before even voting on it; why the City of Green River’s liquor ordinance was less restrictive than state law, as they can’t do, according to the city’s own attorney; that a cell-tower ordinance would allow the city to build on any commercial or residential property without approval
  • I was called out in board and council meetings for each government (unfortunately, once was slanderous), so that signaled that I was doing my job well

Contributor, 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

Contributor, Bleacher Report

  • My opinion that Utah quarterback Travis Wilson would not enable the Utes to compete for the Pac-12 title proved correct

Sports, features & business writer, Deseret News                                         

  •  Wrote perhaps the first story about contemporary Utah Transit Authority issues
  •  Feature, commentary, report featured in USA Today, ESPN, Pew Forum, respectively
  •  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)

  •  I was the beat writer for Div. I football & basketball programs as an undergraduate
  •  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

Writer, Thought Catalog

  • Pieces included asking why people support a man who brags about assaulting journalists

Writer, steemit

  • Stories included staff members of The Salt Lake Tribune speaking against their employer over their endorsement of Rep. Mia Love, who admitted to the FEC for improperly raising campaign funds

Writer, HubPages

  • Stories include pointing out that Rep. Mia Love still owed $372K given the law

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

Editorial intern, City Weekly

  •  Features on Utah-BYU rivalry resuming, major recycling effort in Utah
  •  Opinions featured in weekly box where staff gives input on public affairs

Contributor, Utah Stories

  •  A story looking into the start of an economic breakthrough for Utah’s coal country informed a Sunday front-page piece by The Salt Lake Tribune
  •  General stories included feature on theatrical film being made from grassroots movement, Utah millennials in public advocacy, the record-breaking Silicon Slopes Summit, the LDS church saying nothing on the congressional GOP’s efforts on tax reform (they said they would)

Temporary editor, Philipsburg Mail

  •  Twelve stories per week on county, town government affairs to features about musicians, bike trail builders
  •  Laid out six or more pages per week of 20-page weekly
  •  Trained in photography, photos I took were used nearly every issue

Senior writer, Utah Statesman

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

Contributor, Valley Journals

  •  Stories included those on South Jordan and Herriman, Utah 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

Editorial intern, City Weekly          

  •  Wrote a feature about the Utah Recycling Alliance, the cultural divide in the Utah-BYU rivalry, and featured “Bond” and “Sky Kids” actor Alan Cumming

Screenwriter & other positions, “Before Your Time” theatrical film

  •   I wrote the film’s climax; director liked an idea for it so much, he created another scene to end the film

Development & communications associate, Project Vote Smart

Self-represented in law, divorce & custody case and four other cases

HONORS & AWARDS: 12 Society of Professional Journalists or Religion Newswriters Association awards over just four years; SPJ judge; featured in “Liberalis” magazine, on KSJD radio

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