JoLynne Van Valkenburg

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JoLynne Van Valkenburg was born on February 21, 1947 in Salt Lake City, Utah but grew up in Urbana, Illinois. She was the oldest of four girls. As a child, she was exposed to writing by her father Mac Van Valkenburg, who wrote a number of engineering textbooks and penned a weekly family letter. His influence was evident throughout the rest of her life.


Van Valkenburg graduated from Utah State University.


She started her career in journalism at the Salt Lake Tribune and then joined the Deseret News staff as a copy editor in 1974. She was awarded the paper's Mark E. Petersen Special Merit Award in 1985 for special initiative, effort and creativity. Van Valkenburg went back to the Tribune from 1997-99 and then returned to the Deseret News in 1999, working as state editor and an assistant city editor until 2003.

Service at BYU

She left the News in 1988 to teach in the journalism program at Brigham Young University, a post she held nine years.

During her tenure at BYU, she taught copy editing and was part of the faculty that mentored students at The Daily Universe on campus. Among her students was Edward L. Carter, who is now a professor in the Department of Communications.

Personal and Family Life

Two of Van Valkenburg's three younger sisters followed her journalistic pursuits. Van Valkenburg died in 2008.


  • ”Journalist JoLynne Van Valkenburg dies.” Deseret News.
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