James W. Ure

James W. (Jim) Ure was born in Salt Lake City in 1939. He took a degree in journalism at the University of Utah (BS, 1962, minor in art history) while working as a staff writer and editor for The Salt Lake Tribune. 

Growing up in rural Salt Lake County, he became a falconer and fly fisher, and with his wife Stellanie Soter Ure, established The Raptor Society, a rehabilitation and research organization for birds of prey.  During the Raptor Society’s 15 years of rehabilitation it treated more than 3,300 eagles, owls, falcons and hawks. 

“It was always my dream to become a writer. I started writing book-length manuscripts when I was fifteen and never stopped, in spite of being somewhat hamstrung by making a living in advertising and public relations” 

He was also executive director of the Utah/US Film Festival, later renamed the Sundance Film Festival.

Mormonism, fly fishing, history and birds of prey are the subjects that draw him. 

A frequent contributor to the Utah Division of Arts and Museums Original Writing Competition, he is listed for the following awards: first place, creative non-fiction book, Looking for Regalis,1992; honorable mention, book-length creative non-fiction, Polio Boys, 2003; First place, novel, Skywriting, 2011;  Second place, novel, Sula Eats the Sea. 2014; first place, essay, “The Other Amelia,” 2015.

Holder of a Hearst Fellowship, he lives in Salt Lake City and writes screenplays. 




Bait for Trout, Being the Confessions of an Unorthodox Angler (Regnery, 1973)

Hawks and Roses (Peregrine Smith, 1993)

Leaving the Fold: Candid Conversations with Inactive Mormons (Signature, 1999)

Seized by the Sun: The Life and Disappearance of World War II Fighter Pilot Gertrude Tompkins (Chicago Review Press, 2017)

Stop the Press: How the Mormon Church Tried to Silence the Salt Lake Tribune (Prometheus, 2018).


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