Project Description

Why Superman must die so Clark Kent may live

The Talk

When newspaper journalist Matthew D. LaPlante was a boy, he wanted to be Superman. When he grew up, he settled for being Clark Kent. Now, as professional journalism writhes in the throes of economic death, he considers: Who is he really? And what does that mean for truth, justice and the American way?

About Matthew

Matthew D. LaPlante is the son of a newspaperman who was, in turn, the son of a newspaperman. After serving a tour of duty in the Persian Gulf as an enlisted military intelligence specialist in the U.S. Navy, he began working as a newspaper reporter in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and ultimately returned to the Middle East as a war correspondent for The Salt Lake Tribune. Now an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Communication at Utah State University, his work has appeared on CNN, The Washington Post, Christianity Today and numerous other publications. In 2014, he co-authored “Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives — And Our Lives Change Our Genes” with geneticist Sharon Moalem. His work with photojournalist Rick Egan on ritual tribal infanticide in Ethiopia was honored with the 2012 Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism. An avid snowboarder, Matthew lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Heidi, and daughter, Spike.