Utah mayor unmasked as fictitious ‘good news’ reporter

A Utah mayor has been outed for using a pseudonym to write news articles about the city he governs, saying he wanted to highlight “good news” after cutbacks in coverage of local government, according to reports from the Beehive State.

West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder admitted writing more than a dozen articles under the byline “Richard Burwash” that for more than two years appeared in the daily Deseret News, KSL-TV’s website and the Oquirrh Times, a community weekly, the DeseretNews reports.

He even quoted himself, as mayor, and used anonymous city employees as sources. Editors said the articles were always factually correct.

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