Peggy Fletcher Stack: Mormon Journalist
Peggy Fletcher Stack is a journalist and editor, primarily known for writing on faith, spirituality, and religious rituals for the Salt Lake Tribune since 1991. She was also the editor of Sunstone, an independent Mormon studies magazine she helped found in the late 1970s. Her dissident writings about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which she is a member, have gleaned her a readership that questions the leadership and policies of the Church.
An important tenet of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is that the Church is the literal restoration of the ancient church founded by Christ Himself, and that Christ leads His church through revelation to prophets, seers, and revelators. Members sustain the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as such, and generally believe that their prophetic calling makes them able to enact God-guided policies that will protect the Saints in the future. Very often, the current logic of the world is in opposition to these policies. Latter-day Saints who are bothered by policies or doctrines of the Church are expected to study scripture and prophetic writings, reason, seek God in prayer, and receive assurance through the Gift of the Holy Ghost that the guidance they are receiving from their leaders is sound.
Stack was born in New Jersey and is a great-granddaughter of former Church president Heber J. Grant. She is also the granddaughter of former U.S. Senator Wallace F. Bennett. She earned her degree from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.
She is the author of a children’s book on religion, A World of Faith, and has served as an advisor on religion to the Public Broadcasting Service.
In 2018, Stack was named the nation's top religion reporter among midsize newspapers by winning the Cornell Award, her fourth time overall and her second straight year given the award.