House Speaker-elect Rebecca Lockhart has chosen veteran newspaperman Joe Pyrah to serve as the new chief deputy of the House.
Pyrah has been the government reporter at The Daily Herald in Provo since 2004. Pyrah replaces Chris Bleak, who is now president of the Utah Charter Schools Association, in the retooled position.
"He has experience with the new media as well as the traditional, old media," Lockhart said Monday. "That's going to be very, very valuable to us. That's one of the places we haven't been as effective as I think we could be in the House."