Paul S. Edwards is an American journalist and academic and previous editor of the Deseret News.[1] He now works as a political staffer for Utah Governor Gary Herbert.


Edwards graduated from Brigham Young University with University Honors and received both a JD and PhD in jurisprudence and social policy from the University of California, Berkeley.[2] After law school, Edwards clerked for Judge Cecil F. Poole of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Edwards taught in the political science department at Brigham Young University before becoming vice president for academic affairs at the Institute for Humane Studies. Prior to joining the Deseret News as the paper's opinion editor, Edwards served as executive vice president and provost at Southern Virginia University and as president of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. In 2011, Edwards was appointed editor of the Deseret News, Utah's longest running daily. Edwards has appeared on Fox News and is a frequent commentator on religion in the public square, especially the Latter-day Saint faith.[3]

Edwards stepped down from the Deseret News in 2016 to take a position as assistant chief of staff in the administration of Gary Herbert, with responsibility for policy and strategic communications.[4]

In June 2019 it was announced that Edwards would leave Huntsman's staff and become the director of the Wheatley Institute at Brigham Young University.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Edwards and his wife Margo are the parents of four children.[2]


  1. ^ "Paul S. Edwards | Speakers | The Philanthropy Roundtable". Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  2. ^ a b "Deseret News Authors". Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  3. ^ Goodstein, Laurie (2012-02-02). "Romney Immigration Position at Odds With Mormon Church". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  4. ^ Deseret News Nov. 10, 2016
  5. ^ Deseret News article on Edwards taking lead of Wheatley Institute