Brad lives in Rose Park with his wife and four children. He is the former chair of the Rose Park Community Council, helped organize the Rose Park Community Festival, serves on the Board of Directors for NeighborWorks Salt Lake and is a founding board member of the Utah Transit Riders Union. When Brad is not at one of his kids’ soccer games, basketball games or dance classes, he works for the State in Emergency Management.
Jason is a former journalist and freelance writer and editor. He began his writing career in Washington, D.C. covering politics on Capitol Hill, and later worked as a staff editor at Outside and Backpacker magazines. Prior to becoming a journalist, Jason worked in Boston as an economic development consultant focusing on inner-city communities through the U.S. and in Great Britain.
He and his wife Jackie moved to Salt Lake City in 2011. A year later Jason joined the Utah Health Policy Project (UHPP), a nonpartisan, nonprofit health reform advocacy organization, to manage the group’s public outreach, private insurance reform, social media, and communications strategies. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, and a postgraduate degree in history from Scotland’s University of Edinburgh. Jason and his wife Jackie, a family physician, live in Salt Lake City along with their two sons, Calvin and Mitchell, and an energetic Australian cattle dog.
Dorothy Pappas Owen
Dorothy recently retired after working for 40 years in both state and local government. At the state level she began her career evaluating federal criminal justice grants, then served in the Governor’s Budget Office as the criminal justice analyst, where she eventually served as the Planning and Budget Analyst over the Health Department and Medicaid budgets. At the local level she served as the Associate Director for Salt Lake County Aging Services and as the Social Services Grant Coordinator where she staffed a citizen board charged with making funding recommendations to the county mayor. She worked with non-profit agencies such as The Road Home and the Utah Food Bank on ways to improve their financial stability. She also served on the Utah Tax Review Commission and more recently has served as a VITA volunteer doing taxes for west side residents. She serves as chair of the Westpointe Community Council. She and her husband Wayne have lived on Salt Lake City’s west side for over 40 years, and enjoy spending time with their two grandchildren.
James (Jim) A. Fisher, Advisor
Jim is a resident of the Guadalupe neighborhood on the west side of Salt Lake City. He has been instrumental in the development of The West View as an advisor and mentor, and taught a community journalism workshop in conjunction with SLCC Community Writing Center. A contributor to The West View from early on, he has helped with everything from advising the founders about operating structure and design elements to contributing content.
Jim has started several magazines and newspapers over the years and served as the Executive Graphics Editor of the Salt Lake Tribune. Among his many roles in the publishing industry he has worked as an editor, publisher, photographer and designer. He worked as an Associate Professor, Lecturer in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah for many years, and currently teaches journalism at Utah Valley University.
Christian Cecena is a long-time Glendale resident and a member of the LGBTQ community. His professional background includes working with the US Department of Agriculture as a litigation specialist while gaining experience in the financial industry for many years. He became involved with nonprofits in 2011, working with vulnerable populations struggling with domestic violence, homelessness, addiction and mental illness in Salt Lake City and San Diego. Christian considers himself an advocate and activist in minority, economic and cultural issues. He is working towards his Bachelors in Social Work at the University of Utah and is currently employed as the Development Manager of Volunteers of America Utah.
Charlotte Fife-Jepperson, Executive Director
Charlotte Fife-Jepperson is a fourth-generation Poplar Grove resident – one of six communities on Salt Lake City’s west side. She is the founding director of West View Media, the nonprofit community news organization that publishes The West View quarterly newspaper and website, produced almost entirely by community members. She also serves as the Managing Editor of the paper. During college, Charlotte wrote for the Daily Utah Chronicle in 1998-1999, covering music and dance for the arts section. She was the past co-chair for University Neighborhood Partners, and currently serves on the boards for the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists, and the Salt Lake Chapter of Federation of Music Clubs. She also works as a piano teacher/music educator and is the proud mother of three boys.
West View Media is a non-profit news organization that informs, educates and inspires readers through publications that focus on the diverse communities in west Salt Lake City. We offer an authentic look into an area of Salt Lake City that has traditionally been undervalued and misrepresented by mainstream media and local government entities. We strive to do this not only with professional staff, but also by empowering people who live and work in west Salt Lake City to tell their own stories, in their own voice.
To increase awareness of west-side issues through local journalism that informs, engages and connects diverse communities in Salt Lake City.
Through a commitment to social justice and increasing civic participation we create a more informed, engaged and equitable community.
INCLUSION: We value diversity of thought and background and encourage respect and cross-cultural understanding.
ETHICS: We expect truth, accuracy and fairness.
NARRATIVE: We aspire to reflect the qualities and character of the west side that enhance the culture of Salt Lake City.
VOICE: We recognize that every person has a unique perspective and experience that reflects our community, and we provide platforms for disenfranchised voices to be heard.