She doesn’t remember the “magic moment” when she knew that journalism was her path. But with her love of writing and politics, she wanted to find a way to blend the two.
After earned her undergraduate degree, she pursued a master’s degree at Columbia University in New York City. She interned the following summer at the Washington Post. The Watergate scandal happened that summer while Dean was an intern. “The very first day that I was at the Washington Post they took all the interns out to lunch and while we were there a couple of people started talking and saying a lot of things about Watergate. It was a really exciting time to be a journalist,” Dean said.
She doesn’t remember all the ins and outs, but finally Dean signed a purchase contract with a $30,000 down payment and bought the Sanpete Messenger on Nov. 1, 2000. At 51, her dream of owning a newspaper had become reality. At the time, the paper was called the Messenger Enterprise.
Dean made the move from Salt Lake and bought a town house in Ephraim where she still lives. In the years since, there has never been an edition of her newspaper that Dean hasn’t helped produce. The total stands at more than 1,000 and counting.