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Deanne Winterton recently joined the staff of The Morgan County News. As news editor, Winterton will help copy edit, as well as cover Morgan County Council meetings, Morgan County School Board meetings, crime and other news in the county.
Winterton is no stranger to covering the Morgan County beat. She first joined The Morgan County News staff in 1998 while studying journalism at Weber State University. After earning a bachelor’s degree there, she went on to work in public relations for a development firm in Salt Lake City.
“Public relations wasn’t enough for me,” Winterton said. “Maybe ink is running in my veins. So, I had to return to the newspaper world.”
In 2002, she began working as a correspondent reporter for the Ogden Standard-Examiner covering Morgan County. In 2005, she began volunteering time to proofread conference editions of the Ensign, the monthly publication of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In the last decade, she’s followed the news of Morgan County very closely. From bond elections to malfeasance, from new school administrators to the deaths of public figures, she’s seen a lot of change over the last 10 years.
“The Morgan County of today is not the Morgan County I grew up in,” said Winterton, who grew up in Mountain Green and graduated from Morgan High School. “Morgan is a rural county in flux. It is fascinating to watch elected officials deal with the issues that come with that change.”
Despite her fascination, she consciously tries to remain unbiased in her new coverage.
“Morgan residents deserve reliable, quality news,” she said.