Mayor Uses Pen Name To Report City's Good News

Mike Winder, the mayor of a Salt Lake City suburb, thought there was too much crime in the paper. So he started a second career as a freelance writer, under the pen name Richard Burwash. Before a policy against pen names forced him to confess, he provided more than a dozen articles, and even quoted himself.

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Many politicians must view the media the same way as the mayor of a Salt Lake City suburb did. He thought the story would be so much better if only he could write it himself. Mike Winder thought there was too much crime in the paper, so he started a second career as a freelance writer under the pen name Richard Burwash. Before a policy against pen names forced him to confess, he provided over a dozen newspaper articles and even quoted himself. You're listening to MORNING EDITION.

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