Passionate young writer joins Examiner staff amid changes

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 12:27 PM

Andy Howell

Andreas Rivera has wanted to be a writer for as long as he can remember. The University of Utah graduate has penned short stories, poetry and worked on his high school yearbook and school newspaper.

“Normally a shy kid, I discovered I really liked meeting new people and listening to their stories,” he said.

Now he is doing it for the Standard-Examiner.

Andreas joined the staff as one of our criminal justice reporters last month. Previously he worked as an assignment editor for KTVX ABC 4 News in Salt Lake, but didn’t have as much opportunity to write. While in college, he served an internship in Washington, D.C.

The Alta High graduate has an optimistic outlook for journalism, especially in the Internet age, and looks forward to telling stories across numerous platforms that reach more and more people.

“We now have eyes and ears everywhere someone has a smartphone. It’s a network of information where the more you share, the more you’ll get back,” he said via an email interview. “Although, I’m never opposed to hitting the pavement and tracking down facts the old-fashioned way. A face-to-face interview will always reveal more details and facts than 140 characters on a screen.”

Andreas is part of the new generation of tech-savvy journalists. Even though he loves hiking and the outdoors, he says he is never far away from gadgetry.

“Fixing my parents’ computer is never a nuisance, but a pleasure,” he said. “I’m also a big movie and video game buff who wouldn’t mind trying a hand at being a critic.”

He’s well on his way.

You can follow Andreas on Twitter @AndreasCRivera.

OTHER CHANGES: We’ve also shuffled some of our editors around as part of a restructuring.

Jesus Lopez, who used to be editor of our Spanish-language publication El Estandar, is now our business editor. Charlie Pomerleau, a former assistant local news editor, moves over to Sports as assistant sports editor. And Heidi Burton, who used to be community editor, is the new assistant Life editor, replacing Mark Saal, who is now a full-time columnist and writer.

WEATHERING VACATION: Last week while vacationing in Northern California with my adult daughter, we experienced all four seasons in 10 days. Early in the week we had to cut short a backpacking trip because of freezing rain and then snow at Lassen Volcanic National Park. But we had beautiful spring and fall-like conditions in the middle of the week while bike-camping the coastal trail in Redwoods. Then we found ourselves in the middle of a heat wave later in the week while visiting the Napa Valley.

All in all, a well-rounded vacation.

Andy Howell is executive editor. He can be reached at 801-625-4210 or

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