Just as other people must breathe to live, I must write. I have 20 years’ experience as a student journalist, editor, public relations intern, and freelance journalist and writer. I have written fiction, including two award-winning short stories; news, sports, features, and editorials for newspapers; and poetry. I cut my teeth as a blogger on the Mormon Apologetics and Discussion Board (“MADB”), and have posted at MADB and its predecessors for over ten years.
I have been published recently on the editorial pages (op-eds) of The Salt Lake Tribune and The Deseret Morning News, and Tooele, Utah’s, The Tooele Transcript-Bulletin. I have also published a variety of articles including features and op-eds in the last-named publication in the more distant past. While I have no posterity (yet!) for which this type of work traditionally is written, I also researched, wrote, edited, and self-published my 335-page autobiography, My Story: Lots of Good, Some Bad, and a Little Ugly in the First 32 Years ( Collierville, Tenn.: Instantpublisher.com).
Other venues in which I have been published include (but are not limited to) Dixie State College’s award-winning student newspaper, The Dixie Sun; The Weber State University Signpost; The Ogden Standard-Examiner; the quarterly publication for members of the Utah Peace Officers Association, The Utah Peace Officer; and the monthly magazine for youth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The New Era.
Because I received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with honors in 1995 from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, as well as being certified as a paralegal by Tulsa, Oklahoma’s National Association of Legal Assistants in 2009, much of my writing focuses on legal and law enforcement topics.
For published examples of my recent work, see the following:
Ken K. Gourdin (January 1, 2011), “Officers sometimes forced to shoot armed suspects,” The Salt Lake Tribune A11. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/50953459-82/officers-suspect-shoot-force.html.csp
Ken K. Gourdin (February 5, 2011), “Prosecutors don’t just rubber-stamp police decisions,” The Salt Lake Tribune A11. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/51184835-82/officers-law-prosecutors-enforcement.html.csp
Ken K. Gourdin (March 15, 2011), “Plea bargains [are] a delicate balancing act,” The Deseret Morning News A11. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700118489/Plea-bargains-a-delicate-balancing-act.html
Ken K. Gourdin (July 5, 2012), “Health care decision is questionable,” The Deseret Morning News A11. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765587954/Health-care-decision-is-questionable.html (Please understand that while I don’t necessarily quarrel with Congressional aims in passing the Affordable Care Act, I believe the reasoning the court used to uphold it opens up the potential for heretofore unseen government interference.)
Ken K. Gourdin (July 10, 2012), “Court’s healthcare decision was questionable,” The Tooele Transcript-Bulletin A4 http://transcriptbulletin.com/view/full_story/19254939/article-Court%E2%80%99s-healthcare-decision-was-questionable?
Ken K. Gourdin (October 23, 2012), “Electioneering violates one of the most basic of guaranteed American freedoms,” The Tooele Transcript-Bulletin A4. http://www.transcriptbulletin.com/view/full_story/20613294/article-Electioneering-violates-one-of-the-most-basic-of-guaranteed-American-freedoms?instance=lead_story_left_column
Ken K. Gourdin (December 19, 2012), “Religion and culture are inseperable — no matter your beliefs or lack thereof,” The Tooele Transcript-Bulletin A4. http://tooeletranscript.com/view/full_story/21179443/article-Religion-and-culture-are-inseparable-%E2%80%94–no-matter-your-beliefs-or-lack-thereof
Ken K. Gourdin (January 21, 2013), “Cardall scenario shows CIT need,”The Spectrum (St. George, Utah) A5. http://www.thespectrum.com/article/20130120/OPINION/301200009/Cardall-scenario-shows-us-CIT-need?nclick_check=1
Ken K. Gourdin (January 29, 2013), “We are all beneficiaries of Dr. King’s vision,” Tooele Transcript-Bulletin A4 (unavailable on line).
Ken K. Gourdin (March 26, 2013), “Government shouldn’t regulate my beloved soda,” Tooele Transcript-Bulletin A4 (unavailable on line).
Thank you for visiting the site, and happy reading!
-Ken K. Gourdin