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Editorial Staff

Bern,-David---colorDavid Bern

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David Bern is editor of the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin. The 54-year-old journalist began his career with the Transcript-Bulletin as an intern reporter from Utah State University in 1983. He joined the newsroom full time that same year after completing his internship and graduating from USU with a degree in journalism. In 1989 he became editor and served in that capacity for six years. Under his leadership, he guided the newspaper to numerous awards for journalism excellence. After briefly stepping away from the newspaper in 1995, he returned in 1996 to start Transcript Bulletin Publishing’s Corporate and Custom Publishing Division. In that capacity he served as a writer, photographer and editor for 17 years. During that time he created a variety of print and digital communication materials, including brochures, magazines, books and websites. Bern returned to serve as editor of the newspaper in January 2013.


RichardBriggsRichard Briggs

Community News Editor
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Richard Briggs is community news editor, sports writer and copy editor for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin. Born in San Diego and raised in St. George, Briggs graduated with a degree in communications from Dixie State College in 2012. While there he worked three years for the college’s newspaper, the Dixie Sun, as a sports writer and sports editor. During his senior year, he was editor in chief. Briggs also is a 2005 graduate from Snow Canyon High School. From 2006 to 2008 he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints in Kentucky. As community news editor, Briggs writes, edits and manages editorial and photographic content for the Transcript-Bulletin’s inside pages and sections, including Hometown and Bulletin Board.


mark_watsonMark Watson

Sports Editor
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Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.


FrancieAufdemorteFrancie Aufdemorte

Photo Editor
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Francie Aufdemorte is photo editor for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin. A Tooele County native, she graduated from Tooele High School in 1989, and with a degree in English from the University of Utah in 2001. She next studied filmmaking at the New York Film Academy in 2005, from which she earned a certificate of completion. Her ties to community journalism begin in 2005 when she worked for the Magna Times for two years, handling everything from classified advertising to editing and proofing news stories. While there she also created and maintained a new website for the newspaper. In 2007, she opened a Salt Lake-based studio called Book Cliff Photography. As principle photographer, she worked both editorial and commercial assignments, including portraiture and weddings. As photo editor, Aufdemorte photographs news, features, sports and advertising for the Transcript-Bulletin and supplemental publications, while also managing and assigning the newspaper’s freelance photographers.


tim_gillieTim Gillie

Staff Writer
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Tim covers education, Tooele City government, business, real estate, politics and the state Legislature. He became a journalist after a long career as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America. Tim is a native of Washington state and a graduate of Central Washington University.


photography / Maegan Burr Lisa ChristensenLisa Christensen

Staff Writer
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Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.


EmmaPenrodEmma Penrod

Staff Writer
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Emma Penrod is a staff writer for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin and covers Tooele City Hall plus religion, health, agriculture, environment, mining, ethnic issues and infrastructure/projects. A Tooele native, Penrod graduated from Tooele High School in 2010. She holds an associates degree from Utah State University, and will receive a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University in April 2014. For the past three years, she has been a contributing writer for the newspaper’s Hometown Section, and before that, she worked for the newspaper as a high school intern starting in 2008. In 2010 she began working full-time in the newsroom until she left for college later that year. While at BYU, Penrod worked as a writer and editor for a small health magazine in Utah County. She interned with The Riverdale Press, a community newspaper in the Bronx, NY and with the Deseret News. She is also the author of two non-fiction books.


Contributing Writers

JayCooperJay Cooper

Garden Spot Columnist
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Jay Cooper is a new contributing writer for the Garden Spot column. He replaced Diane Sagers, who retired in November 2013 after writing the column for 27 years. Also known as Dirt Farmer Jay, Cooper and his wife have been residents of Erda since 2001 after moving to Utah from Tucson, AZ. A passionate gardener and avid reader of horticultural topics, for several years he has been a member of Utah State University’s Master Gardeners Program, and served as chapter president in 2013. Cooper says Tooele County has an active and vibrant gardening community, and the Garden Spot column will continue to share a wide range of gardening, landscaping, home skills and rural living themes.


david_gumucioDavid “Gumby” Gumucio

Sports Columnist & Contributing Writer
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Gumby has been writing sports columns for the Tooele Transcript Bulletin for more than 10 years. His “From the Sidelines” column covers everything sports related whether local or international. Gumby is under assignment of Sports Editor Mark Watson and also contributes feature articles in other sections of the paper. He also is a free lance writer for other periodicals in Utah as well as in firearms and hunting magazines throughout the country. He also produces outdoor and sports videos. He is fluent in Japanese.


Guest Columnists

clint_thomsenClint Thomsen

Guest Columnist
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Clint Thomsen is a Stansbury Park resident who grew up climbing mountains, wandering desert paths and exploring Utah’s wilds. He writes the weekly Outdoor Adventure column for theTooele Transcript-Bulletin and occasionally contributes feature stories and articles for theTranscript-Bulletin’s special publications.


Publishing Staff

joel_dunnJoel Dunn

Publisher Emeritus

Joel Dunn graduated from the University of Utah in 1952 with a degree in Journalism. He became publisher of the Tooele Transcript and the Tooele Bulletin in 1964 upon the death of his father Alex Dunn. In 1994 Joel retired from the newspaper and the Board of Directors elected his son Scott to succeed him as Publisher.


scott_dunnScott Dunn


Scott started out at age 9 as a newspaper carrier and has worked full time for the company for 36 years. He is married to the former Kathleen (Pannunzio) Dunn, and is the proud father of three beautiful daughters: Aimee Lynn York (John York), Lori Kay Lawrence (Miles Lawrence) and Stacie Anne Dunn. He is also the proud grandfather of three granddaughters: Kaisha, Kerianne and Kennedi York; and five grandsons: Kameron York; Scotty, Grant and Collin Lawrence; and Ethan Hasty.


Sales Team

clayton_dunnClayton Dunn

Associate Publisher & Sales Manager

Clayton Dunn has been working for the Tooele Transcript Bulletin for more than 20 years. He is a graduate of Utah State University with a degree in advertising design. Clayton is in charge of sales and marketing for the newspaper and the commercial printing division of Transcript Bulletin Publishing. He and his wife Laramie are the parents of 4 girls and 1 boy. (435) 882-0050 ext. 5116


keith_birdKeith Bird

Advertising Sales Representative

Give Keith a call or email today for a quote on any newspaper advertising or printing needs. (435) 882-0050 ext. 5131 office (435) 830-7035 cell



Shane Bergenshane_bergen

Commercial Printing Sales

Give Shane a call or email today for a quote on any printing or newspaper advertising needs. (435) 882-0050 ext. 5127 office (435) 840-0344 cell


Dianna Bergen

Advertising Sales Representative

Give Dianna a call or email today for a quote on any newspaper advertising or printing needs. (435) 882-0050 ext. 5110 office (435) 830-9607 cell


Miles Lawrence

Sales Representative

Give Miles a call or email today for a quote on any printing needs. (435) 882-0050 office (801) 633-6349 cell


kelly_chance_2Kelly Chance

Classified Sales Manager

If you need to sell your car, your home, or anything else, Kelly’s the one you call! She can also help you with any legal advertising needs. (435) 882-0050 ext. 5134/5112 office