Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Joe Cannon on Latter-Day Profiles

Latter-Day Profiles #902
Joe Cannon

Joseph A. Cannon graduated with a law degree from Brigham Young University and became editor of the Deseret Morning News December of 2006. The Deseret Morning News was founded in 1850 and is the oldest, daily newspaper continually published out of Salt Lake City.

Cannon previously served in the Reagan administration as assistant administrator for air and radiation in the Environmental Protection Agency as well as associate administrator for policy and resource management. Just before being recognized as editor of Deseret Morning News, Cannon was chairman of the Utah Republican Party from 2002 to 2006.

Former editors of the Deseret Morning News include Cannon’s great grandfather, Joseph J. Cannon, and great-grandfather, George Q. Cannon. Cannon’s grandmother, Ramona, wrote a column for Deseret Morning News for several years that he often read as a child. Family was the spark of Cannon’s interest and involvement in the newspaper business.

Cannon has served the church in many capacities including a LDS mission in Ireland. He comes from a politically powerful Cannon family of Utah including his brother, Chris Cannon, who served as a Congressman from 1997 to 2009. Cannon married Jan Barney and they have seven children.

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