Brian Passey is the owner of Em Dash. Among the most versatile punctuation marks, an em dash — or long dash — can be utilized in a variety of ways.
Brian Passey is similarly versatile. He’s a professional writer, editor, and photographer with 13 years of experience as a newspaper reporter at The Spectrum & Daily News in St. George, Utah. He was the social media pioneer at The Spectrum as well as the lead writer for St. George Magazine and the Utah correspondent for USA Today during his tenure at the daily newspaper.
Brian graduated from the University of Idaho in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. Following graduation, he was selected as one of only 16 writers nationwide for a prestigious fellowship at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. With Em Dash, Brian is using the skills he cultivated in the deadline-driven world of journalism to enhance the creative and professional work of individuals, companies, and organizations through writing, editing, publicity, and photography services.
As a former award-winning journalist, Brian wrote about the culture and scenery of Southern Utah. 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. Those hikes still continue four times a year, benefiting charities as diverse as the Shivwits Toy Drive and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
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. Brian and Cammie enjoy traveling, hiking, kayaking, using outdated slang, and playing “The Beatles: Rock Band” video game.