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Salt Lake Tribune columnist Robert Kirby retires

Posted at 9:41 PM, Feb 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 14:10:46-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Robert Kirby, The Salt Lake Tribune's longtime "religion humorist," is retiring after 25 years with the paper.

"You’ve given me a lot of laughs over the past 26 years, as well as support when I wrote about my wife’s cancer, my dad’s death, my brother’s suicide and the death of a friend. I can’t thank you enough," Kirby wrote in his final column published Saturday. "But it’s time for me to go. I’m retiring. I have far more time behind me than I do ahead, and there are other projects I want to pursue."

The Tribune's board of directors published a farewell on the website, thanking him for his "personal and personable observations on Utah’s unique culture."

Longtime Tribune cartoonist Pat Bagley also drew up a retirement-themed piece for Kirby:

Bagley: "Key Kirby! I hear you're retiring." Kirby: "Yeah. Utahns stopped doing dumb things. There's nothing left to write about." (Both pause) (Both erupt into laughter)

"Please continue to support The Salt Lake Tribune. Being informed is important, even if it means that you don’t always like what you read," he concluded.

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