West Valley Mayor Admits Writing Articles Using False Name

By: Pamela Manson | Salt Lake Tribune

West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder has admitted writing articles about his own city for the Deseret News and other media outlets under a pen name without the paper’s knowledge.

Winder said that four articles he submitted earlier this year under the name Richard Burwash were published in either the Deseret News or on KSL.com. The mayor said he was frustrated that the newspaper had drastically reduced its city government coverage after layoffs last year but not its crime coverage and wanted to “try to restore balance.”

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