Media portrayals of Mormonism far better than a century ago

Alfred Henry Lewis was what most famous reporters were in the early 20th century and what top reporters remain today: smart and well-connected, while covering the biggest stories of his generation to broad acclaim.

After serving for a time as a prosecutor in Cleveland, Lewis traveled west and became a newspaperman, first in New Mexico and then at the Las Vegas Optic. He set up a law practice in Kansas City and became friends with leading newspapermen.

Eventually, he began writing popular short stories and novels based on his travels, including the seven-part Western, “Wolfville.” His fiction writing led him back into newspapering, and he became the Washington Bureau Chief of William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal. He became friends with Theodore Roosevelt.

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