New San Juan Record News Director announced
The new News Director at the San Juan Record was recently named the Best Radio Reporter in the State of Utah.
David Boyle earned six separate awards in the 2020 Headliners competition of the Utah Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), including the Best Radio Reporter Award. The winners were announced on July 1.
Boyle currently works as a staff reporter for KPCW-FM in Park City, UT. He will begin work as the News Director at the San Juan Record in August.
David, wife Emily, and one-month-old baby George will move to Monticello at the end of the month.
As News Director, David will lead the news gathering effort across the organization, including the San Juan Record, Redrock Radio, sjrnews.com, and social media.
“We are so excited to announce David as the new News Director,” said Bill Boyle, who is the San Juan Record Editor and David’s dad.
“With the new radio station, website, and social media efforts, we will dramatically increase our coverage in the area.
“David knows and loves the area. He will be a great asset to the business and the community.”
David is no stranger to the San Juan Record. He grew up with the business, beginning with cleaning the office and helping with insertion and mailing.
He spent several summers working for the newspaper, where he helped cover news and create the 101 Ways to Experience San Juan County visitor guide.
David studied journalism and earned a degree in Communications from Brigham Young University.
He has been drawn to radio and has worked as an intern for Greg Wrubell at BYU Sports and as an intern for Doug Frabrizio at KUER’s flagship Radio West.
For the past two and a half years, David has worked as a staff reporter for KPCW in Park City.
He focuses on the smaller communities across the Wasatch Back, including Heber City and Midway.
The SPJ holds an annual competition to recognize top contributors to the free press and highlight high-caliber journalism.
The contest drew hundreds of entries across the state, from organizations and writers in radio, television, print, and online.
In addition to winning the Best Radio Reporter award, David earned the first-place award in three individual categories, including general news story, best use of sound, and multimedia journalism.
He also earned second place in sports reporting and honorable mention in education reporting, for a total of six awards.
Other SPJ awards with a local connection include two wins for KUER reporter Kate Groetzinger, a first-place story about the area by KUTV Channel 4, and an honorable mention for Zak Podmore of the Salt Lake Tribune.
The San Juan Record is not a member of the SPJ… yet!