Lawn Griffiths – yes ‘Lawn’ as in grass – has been writing for publication since 1963. Son of a strongly opinionated Iowa farmer, he learned early that ideas rock the world, and he hasn’t been timid about sharing his beliefs and disbeliefs. His second editorial when he was high school newspaper editor, lambasting the school board, got both the school superintendent and the high school principal sitting him down and “setting him straight.” It just made him write better and watch his back.
Lawn, who holds a bachelor degree in journalism from Iowa State University and master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, has balanced 37 years of daily newspapering with decades of serving on community boards and endless voluntarism. He spent almost 25 years as a reporter, editor, columnist and blogger with the East Valley Tribune through all its manifestations and names. He embraces progressive causes and advocates for many who have no voice. His mantra is Horace Mann’s cry, “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”