Preston McConkie is a journalist and webmaster, having written for the Weber State University's Signpost, the Ogden Standard Examiner, Utah Weekly, Ogden City News, Weber Sentinel and Coolidge Examiner.  He spent a stint during 2007 as webmaster of EnvisionOgden, a community blog in Northern Utah's premier outdoor recreation center, then worked through 2007 and 2008 as assistant editor for the Uintah Basin Standard. His most often-linked piece is a single article he wrote in 2002 for FrontPageMag.com, predicting an inevitable war with Iraq.
Just weeks after he left his job at the Coolidge Examiner, Mr. McConkie's investigation request to the Arizona Attorney General's office was upheld in an opinion stating that the Coolidge City Council had improperly and illegally held closed-door executive sessions to discuss raises for city employees.
Mr. McConkie enjoys copyediting any Wikipedia story he reads, and sometimes visits random articles just to seek out new and exciting errors of grammar, spelling, punctuation and style. He particularly abominates tautologies, redundancies, POV statements, cumbersome transitions and florid language. But he loves writing about himself in the third person.
Mr. McConkie is the project editor of a cyberpunk novel that released at the beginning of August, 2007, Hunting Gideon by Jessica Draper. The backflap material and an inside blurb are written by him. Another comedy novel he edited, Byuck, is expected to be published in 2009.
Currently Mr. McConkie is enjoying a state-sponsored vacation while he heals from an industrial back injury sustained in Oregon while driving a flatbed tractor-trailer, and spends his time cleaning up Wikipedia articles.
He can be reached by email [here].
He has contributed six original articles to Wikipedia:
- Legitimate theater
- Brokered programming
- The Spring
- Ryne Douglas Pearson
- Carbolic soap
- Graham cracker crust
He has contributed to the League of Copyeditors project Biman Bangladesh Airlines, which later became a featured article.
|The Barnstar of Good Humor|
|For having excessively good humor while cleaning up articles. I've never seen someone have so much fun doing it. Your edit summaries are just great. Keep it up! Maverick Leonhart (Talk | Contribs) 05:45, 3 September 2007 (UTC)|
|The Copyeditor's Barnstar|
|Dude, you are one hellacious copyeditor. Wish I had you to once-over all my articles the way you have Isaac Shelby. I'd have a lot less trouble at FAC if I did! Have a barnstar; you deserve it. 01:43, 7 February 2009 (UTC)|
- McConkie, Preston (2001), When the half-blind are half ready, Signpost.
- McConkie, Preston (2001), Mr. Carver wasn't 'also' black, Signpost.
- McConkie, Preston (2000), An American Warrior in Foreign Lands, Standard-Examiner, archived stub with link to original site.
- McConkie, Preston (2002), Women and guns: Political action, physical survival , Utah Weekly (3rd article down).
- McConkie, Preston (2003), Bullying claims give district PR headache, Weber Sentinel.
- McConkie, Preston (2004), Getting 'tased' - all in a day's work, Coolidge Examiner.
- McConkie, Preston (2006), Commission debates future of security bars, Coolidge Examiner.
- Prestwich, ViAnn McConkie Bring Talent to Standard Uintah Basin Standard
- McConkie, Preston (2002), Leftist Lies About the War, FrontPageMag.
- Holcombe, Carl (2006), Stubs of two articles discussing open meeting violations, Arizona Republic.