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 Brian and Cammie enjoy traveling, hiking, kayaking, using outdated slang, and playing “The Beatles: Rock Band” video game.