Whitley also won recognition in the medical/science writing category for a piece on Medicare budget recovery he wrote for the Deseret News. Both awards were 3rd place.
“Delighted to be recognized by my friends and colleagues at home from the SPJ,” Whitley said. “Writing for local outlets has always been an honor for me and I’m glad so many of my peers feel the same way. They may be bronze medals, but third place is much better than fourth place!”
Whitley first started writing for Utah Policy in 2007, when he blogged about his deployment to the Iowa Caucuses for the Romney campaign. Earlier this year he won two awards from the Top of the Rockies competition and last year he won the Best of the West’s column-writing competition. He has previously won nine awards from the Utah SPJ, including two for blogging for Utah Policy.