Utah mayor leaves agency after fake byline kerfuffle

Writing local news stories under a fake byline is generally a bad idea, but it's a really bad idea if you're a public servant.

Writing local news stories under a fake byline is generally a bad idea, but it's a really bad idea if you're a public servant.

West Valley City, Utah, Mayor Mike Winder resigned from The Summit Group this week, saying he had “tarnished the reputation of the agency and its employees” by writing local stories under a pen name, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

Winder said he began writing articles about his city's issues using a fake identity after he became frustrated that the Deseret News reduced its city government coverage.

The PRSA issued a statement on Tuesday condemning Winder's actions.

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