Mormon News Anchors
Two Mormon news anchors in a major market share their experience in the high-pressure world of TV journalism.
Paul Rytting listened intently as Chelsea Goodrich told her story of being sexually abused by her father, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Then he offered her support.
Kim Farah, a member of the church’s public affairs department, oversees the organization’s media outreach in Europe, the Philippines and the Southwest and Southeastern regions of the United States. Her responsibilities include speaking to the media and facilitating temple open houses.
She says the church’s vigorous support of Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California last year, tarnished its image and turned it into a lightning rod for gay rights activism. But she points out that if gays choose to remain celibate, they can hold almost any position in the church except bishop, which requires marriage.
A disciplinary council is meeting Sunday to decide whether to expel Kate Kelly for founding Ordain Women, which promotes female ordination, in violation of church doctrine. Regardless of the outcome, Kelly says she’ll still consider herself a Mormon. She says she will continue to attend the church’s services, tithe and follow its teachings. And she will continue to speak out for human rights and other causes that align with the church’s beliefs.
Eaton began his career at KIDK in Idaho Falls, where he reported and anchored weekday evening and weekend newscasts. He later moved to WRIC in Richmond, Virginia, where he covered numerous prominent stories including the execution of the DC sniper and the murder of UVA student Yeardley Love. He also reported on several presidential visits and has appeared on CNN, FOX News, ABC, CBS, NBC, “Dr. Phil,” and the “Nancy Grace” show.
He has a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho and served two missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Australia. He has also completed courses at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Despite his Mormon heritage, Eaton is a national broadcast journalist with impressive skills and experience. He is a well-respected and respected anchor and reporter. His work is well-known for its honesty and fairness. His stories have received widespread acclaim and have been recognized with numerous awards. Eaton’s stories have been viewed in nearly every state and on almost every continent.
After graduating from Brigham Young University, Jane Clayson started her career on local Utah station KSL-TV in Salt Lake City as a reporter and anchor. Her work at the station earned her a coveted Edward R. Murrow award and many more journalism accolades.
She went on to become an anchor of CBS News’ The Early Show and a regular correspondent for 48 Hours and Good Morning America, where she traveled the world covering everything from international stories to presidential campaigns. She also had a front-row seat to American culture, interviewing stars from Broadway and Hollywood.
In her new book, Silent Souls Weeping, Clayson opens up about her struggle with clinical depression. She shares her own harrowing experiences with the illness as well as stories from interviews she conducted with dozens of men, women and teens who have suffered in silence. The book was released on September 25, 2017. Clayson now lives in Boston with her husband, Mark Johnson, a founding partner at Innosight.
A former general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Utah legislator, Richard Lindsay was a crusader against pornography. He also worked to reduce alcohol addiction in the United States. Lindsay earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Utah.
As a child, Richard Lindsay worried that his family would not have a Christmas. But his mother reassured him that he could use the money he saved from neighborhood jobs to buy gifts for everyone. Those presents were the first of many that Richard would give to his family over the years. He later went on to anchor weeknight newscasts on KSL TV and to serve as a bishop and stake president.