Standard-Examiner reporters honored for contributions to community

May 4 2012 - 7:32pm


Dave Greiling
Dave Greiling

Two veteran Standard-Examiner reporters have been recognized for their professional and personal achievements.

Charles Trentelman was one of nine Utah journalists to receive the Cliff Cheney Award Wednesday night from the Utah chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Trentelman, who writes the Wasatch Rambler column, was recognized for columns he wrote about pending bills and issues during this year's session of the Utah Legislature.

Among the topics the columns dealt with were drug testing for welfare recipients, a defense of the DREAM Act, which would allow undocumented students to become legal, and criticizing U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch for his failure to support both the DREAM Act that he formerly sponsored and Planned Parenthood.

Cheney was managing editor of the Standard-Examiner when he and his wife were killed in a car accident in March 1980.

The ACLU established the award to recognize journalists for the type of government watchdog work that Cheney encouraged

"One thing Cliff Cheney told me is that you aren't going to get rich in journalism so you might as well have fun," Trentelman said. "It would be nice to get rich, but being recognized for carrying on the ideals of aggressive news coverage that Cliff promoted means a lot more."

Earlier this year, reporter Bryon Saxton was named an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society at Weber State University.

The award, voted by student government officials at Weber State, is based on the recipients' community service and professional accomplishments.

Saxton grew up in Ogden and graduated from Ben Lomond High School and Weber State.

At Weber State, he was a member of student government, a heritage his kids are following with two of them currently serving in student government offices.

He joined the old Lakeside Review publication in 1985 and transferred to the Standard-Examiner in 1987.

Saxton is our resident expert on amusement park rides and said he made sure to note in his keynote address at the honors banquet his "career" as a guinea pig for new Lagoon rides.

Coincidentally, in talking with them about their awards, both Trentelman and Saxton noted that for the awards ceremony they took, for them, the big step of wearing a tie.

"My family got a pie and I had to wear a tie," Saxton said. "It's not too often I put on a suit."

As long-time reporters on the staff, both Trentelman and Saxton bring a deep knowledge of life and events in the Top of Utah that helps them bring perspective and understanding to the stories they report.

Congratulations to both for the recognition.

REMINDER: A reader complained about a headline this week, saying it didn't accurately reflect the story.

He was right, and I told him that.

One area where he was a little off base, though, was in wanting to complain to the reporter who wrote the story.

It bears repeating that reporters write the stories, but the headlines are done by the copy desk.

So if you don't like a headline, call and let us know. But in that case, it's the copy editor you're upset with, not the reporter.

Dave Greiling is managing editor of the Standard-Examiner. He may be reached at 801-625-4224 or via e-mail at

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