In a June 3, 2016 op-ed in The Salt Lake Tribune, Editor Terry Orme thanked S.J. Quinney College of Law class of 2003 alumna Joan O’Brien for “helping save The Tribune.”
Several years ago, I wrote a letter of recommendation for a Salt Lake Tribune staffer applying for admission to the University of Utah law school. One of my lines was: Journalism’s loss will be the law’s gain.
That reporter was Joan O’Brien, and now, 16 years later, I must amend that sentiment.
During the past three years, O’Brien has deployed her legal expertise in the service of journalism, more specifically in her selfless, tireless and sometimes thankless campaign to save The Salt Lake Tribune, and keep it as Utah’s informational watchdog and investigative beacon.