This is Brian Passey

Brian Passey is an award-winning journalist, most recently for The Spectrum & Daily News in St. George, Utah. For 13 years, he wrote about the culture and scenery of Southern Utah until community journalism fell victim to a bloody corporate execution. He contributed regularly to St. George Magazine and was USA Today’s Utah correspondent from 2005-2015. While working for The Spectrum he created a series of BackTrek charity hikes that raised more than $10,000 for local non-profit organizations in less than three years.

Brian was born in Cedar City, Utah, and raised in Sunnydell, Idaho. He earned an associate degree in journalism from Ricks College in 2001 and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho in 2004. During the summer of 2004 he was a writing fellow at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Brian resides in Washington City, Utah, with his wife, Cammie, an educator. They are both mentors in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and Brian has served on the local board for BBBS since 2010. While he has a passion for photography, his focus is on writing. Current projects include a play, a novel and this blog. An exhibit of his photography, titled “Connecting Paths,” is currently on display in the Eccles Grand Foyer at Dixie State University in St. George. Brian and Cammie enjoy traveling, hiking, kayaking, using outdated slang, and playing “The Beatles: Rock Band” video game.

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  8 comments for “This is Brian Passey

  1. September 25, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Hi, Brian,
    Good to see you back. Wishing you the best; and keep writing.

  2. Edward Bibbey
    September 29, 2017 at 8:40 am

    This is brilliant, I have already bookmarked this website on my web browser! I look forward to reading so much more from you!

  3. Karen Hulsey
    October 8, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    I had not heard about your lay-off, but I was starting to get suspicious because there were no articles with your by-line for the past few weeks. I am so sorry that corporations look at the bottom line and release the employees who have been there the longest (and thus, have the biggest salary). You are so talented, and a good friend. Good luck to you and Cammie, and please stay in touch.

    • October 8, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Hi Karen! Great to hear from you. I am still writing though. I have applied for a variety of jobs in the public relations industry and, of course, I have this blog to continue my writing. Also, I should be emailing the hiking group soon. I plan to continue the charity hikes and I hope to have one later this month. I’ll post regular updates for this blog on my professional Facebook page at if you want to keep track of when there is a new entry. Thanks for all the support and friendship through the years.

  4. John and Kristin Hunt
    October 14, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    We were shocked to hear of your departure. Eager to learn what happened. Can’t imagine the Spectrum would push out their best journalist. Look forward to connecting with you in the near future.

    • October 14, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      Thank you John and Kristin. And thanks for checking out my new venture here at

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