Lawn Griffiths

Lawn Griffiths joined the PSA board in 1988. Lawn is active at University Presbyterian Church, where he has served four three-year officer terms as an elder, deacon and trustee. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism from Iowa State University (1968) and a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University (1972). He served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay (1968-69) and the U.S. Army (1969-71). He was an editor and columnist at the Waterloo (Iowa) Courier, 1972-1984, and then moved to the Tempe Daily News as city editor and later managing editor. In 1987, he moved to the Mesa Tribune, now the East Valley Tribune and Scottsdale Tribune where he has been the Town Crier columnist and more than 15 years as a Spiritual Life Editor. He has spent 40 years with the daily newspapers and is retired. He has served on about 15 community boards. Lawn has earned 70 awards in writing and community service. In 1992 he received the annual Outstanding Citizen Leadership Award from Tempe Leadership and in 1995 won Tempe’s highest honor, the Don Carlos Humanitarian Award. In 2004, the Tempe Historical Society named him one of the 35 “Tempe Living Legends.”


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