Meet The Tribune’s new Innovation Lab editor


Reporter and servant Holly Mullen returns to the newsroom, where she will focus on solutions.

Holly Mullen | Salt Lake Tribune Board of Directors

Longtime Utah journalist Holly Mullen will join The Tribune later this month as the Innovation Lab’s editor.

The Innovation Lab, which was first announced in January 2021, includes 3 reporters and an editor. It seeks to elevate the solutions to Utah’s most important problems.

A graduate of the University of Utah, Mullen returns to The Tribune of the Salt Lake City Utilities Departmentwhere she served as Head of Communications and Engagement.

Mullen is also a founding board member of The Tribune, which she will leave upon her return to the newsroom. The Tribune was granted nonprofit status in 2019 and its board of directors was formed in 2020. She also served on the editorial board of the Tribune in 2021.

“Holly is a respected journalist and public servant who is committed to finding policies and solutions that respond to our rapid growth in Utah,” said Tribune Chairman Paul Huntsman. “His contributions as an inaugural member of The Tribune’s Board of Directors and Editorial Board have been integral to the historic structural transition to a 501(c)3.”

Mullen replaces Luke Peterson, who was the lab’s first editor.

“I never lost my passion for local news and powerful storytelling, and I look forward to doing this work on various media platforms,” Mullen said. “The Innovation Lab team will reach out to the public early and often to help identify and shape solutions to many complex challenges. I am excited to begin.

Mullen has also worked as deputy director of communications for the office of Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and as executive director of the nonprofit Rape Recovery Center.

At La Tribune, she worked as a metro columnist and sports editor. She was also the editor of the Salt Lake City Weekly.

The Tribune’s work in the Great Salt Lake Collaborative will be nested in the Innovation Lab.

The Innovation Lab is entirely supported by philanthropy, and its donors include the Clark and Christine Ivory Foundation, David Parkinson and Method Communications, the Crocker Catalyst Foundation, the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, the Swartz Foundation, and Elaine Klein and Craig Wallentine.

Mullen can be contacted at [email protected]

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