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 A graphic showing which states currently legalize marijuana, both medical and recreational.
A graphic showing which states currently legalize marijuana, both medical and recreational.

Utah lawmakers considering two medical marijuana bills
By Caleb Larkin on November 10, 2015.

Utah lawmakers are considering two bills for the state to adopt a broader legal use for medical marijuana.

The Health and Human Service Committee will meet again on Nov. 18 to consider legislation for medical marijuana use. The committee proposed two bills for the 2016 session in a recent October meeting.

The first proposal, by Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, and Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem, would give up to 5,000 Utahns access to an oil extract from hemp plants for therapeutic purposes. Individuals with a “qualified illness” would register in state database for prescribed marijuana.
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Cover Letter

My name is Caleb Larkin. I am a watcher, a recorder, an adapter, and a problem solver. I am a journalist, and I want to take this opportunity to expound upon three attributes that I have developed which are essential to reporting. First, I have the unique ability to observe, interact with and read people; Second, I am adaptable and skilled in learning; and Third, I am a problem solver which allows me to be an asset to any work environment.

An ability to observe and understand helps us communicate accurately and connect with people on a personal level. Through my experiences as English teacher in both India and China and as a working journalist, I developed an ability to relate to diverse people.  This also helped me in my effort to connect with others. As a teacher, I perceived my students needs, and I could respond and react to spoken and unspoken cues, maximizing positive and minimizing negative experiences.   This capacity was further developed as a missionary volunteer for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My relationships became more valuable and more sincere as my ability to understand and communicate with others continued to grow and evolve.

The ability to learn is essential in any quick-paced environment.  In my experience living abroad in India, China, and Denmark, the learning of the language was necessary in communicating with the native people, as well as in adapting to and understanding the culture and different lifestyle.  Through living abroad, I began to learn and adapt quickly to the challenges placed before me.  I have also experienced fast paced in work environments and have been able to excel and produce.  Working as a desktop technician at Unisys, our goal was to provide quick resolutions.  After only a few months, I became one of the top agents with less than half the average handle time of the agents on the account as well as a high percentage of first call resolutions.

Problem solving and the ability to quickly assess situations is an invaluable skill for high stress and new situations.  Through my experiences, I have learned to logically process information and identify solutions to problems.  This skill has allowed me to excel in my schooling and other endeavors, as is made clear by both my grades and travel experience.  These skills are further evidenced by my performance in math and computer science, each of which requires logically assessing and finding solutions to problems.

These skills allow for a better capacity to adapt and thrive in new situations. My experience in investigative writing, international travel, and working in technology centered companies gives me an advantage in adaptation; an invaluable quality to possess in new and challenging environments.

Writing Examples

Here are my top stories:

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Adderall: Has drug become addictive to many?

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OGDEN – Many Adderall users describe the sensation the same way, “Have you ever seen that show Limitless? That’s what it feels like.”


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Is baseball still America’s favorite pastime?

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LAYTON – Baseball has long been known as “America’s favorite pastime.” Yet decreasing little league registration numbers have baseball fans…


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The SEC says Utah investors are too trusting

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SALT LAKE CITY – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Salt Lake City reports Utahns tend to invest in Ponzi and other financial fraud schemes at a…

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‘Stand your ground’ law triggers Utah responses

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OGDEN – Should you have the right to protect yourself — with deadly force — against potential intruders in your home?

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Who should be responsible for paying for college?

College Tuition

OGDEN – A national debate on raising tuition costs and financial responsibility for college has students and parents looking for answers.


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Police footage on YouTube has law enforcement worried

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OGDEN – Protests against police brutality and use of deadly force are occurring all over the nation. The public has called for reform in police tactics….


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Utah moves forward with suicide prevention

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SALT LAKE CITY – Gov. Gary Herbert signed five bills into law Monday, each one expected to help the suicide prevention effort in Utah.

Resume

Caleb Larkin
Contact Info: Phone (801) 709-4064
Address: 1947 N 2050 E Layton, UT 84040
E-mail: caleb_larkin@live.com
Education: MA – International Affairs and Global Enterprises University of Utah
BA – Communications (Print Journalism) BYU
-GPA 3.95, ACT 31
Internships: May 2015                        The Salt Lake Tribune     Salt Lake City, Utah
Political News Desk Intern
-Managed the Political Cornflakes blog.
Jan – April 2015               Capital West News          Salt Lake City, Utah
Political News Reporter
-Wrote two stories a week about issues before Utah legislation.
-Published weekly articles in the Standard-Examiner – Ogden, Utah.
Jan – Jun 2008                Superior Computers       Layton, Utah
Computer Technician Intern
-Assembled new build computers and troubleshot hardware and software problems.
Professional Experience: Sept 2013 – present    Hiring Consultant    ApplicantPro
April – Nov 2015     Freelance Journalist    The Standard-Examiner
Aug 2012 – Sept 2013    Desktop Analyst    Unisys
Feb 2010 – May 2010    Product Tester (QA)    Avalanche Studios (Disney)
International Experience: May 2010 – Jun 2012: Det Danske Mission
LDS Mission – Copenahagen, Denmark
-Interacted on a personal level with individuals.
-Learned Danish culture and language fluently.
Aug – Dec 2009: International Language Program (ILP)
English Teacher – Zhongshan, China
-Taught 3 – 4 hrs / day to students ages 3 – 11.
-Learned basic Chinese language and culture skills with native Chinese citizens.
Jun – Aug 2008: Projects Abroad
English Teacher – Kayathar, India
-Developed and Taught lessons for 5 1-hr classes / day to students ages 10 – 17.
-Experienced Indian culture by living with native Indian host family.
Aug 2006: Orphanage Support Service Organization (OSSO)
Orphaned child care – Quito, Ecuador
-Provided basic needs to 40 toddlers and infants.
Interests and Activities: Athletics – High school baseball, wrestling, tennis (BYU Club).
Languages – Spanish, Chinese, Danish (Certified).
Writing, computer technology, reading.
Awards Received: Eagle Scout, 2009 Youthlinc young humanitarian scholarship, Lark H. Nielsen ‘Joy of Life’ Award.
Published Author – The Limit of Man’s Potential.
References: Stephen Bannister: steve.bannister@economics.utah.edu – (801) 581-7481.
Ben Whisenant: ben.whisenant@gmail.com – (801) 706-9559.
Amos Guiora: amos.guiora@law.utah.edu – (801) 581-4295.

About Me

I come from a large family with strong ties to each of them.  I am the sixth child with three brothers and four sisters.  Family is a huge focus for me and has been the origin and basis for most of the significant interests and accomplishments I have in my life.  Following the example of older siblings I have spent a significant amount of time traveling abroad.  I have spent time in Ecuador, India and China in differing volunteer positions, which has greatly shaped the person I have become.  I am currently a Communications-Journalism major; having switched last year from the Computer Science degree to achieve a minor instead. I am set on getting a Master’s Degree in International Relations, following my interest in foreign languages, cultures and travel.  I have a great interest in learning and discovering new ways of life by experiencing others’ points of view, especially those I have grown to care for greatly.

Coming from a large family, especially growing up in Utah, I have developed a great appreciation for family relations.  I have gained much insight and profound understanding through time spent with family, examples set by older siblings and conversations with wise parents.  The relationships developed in family ties have come to greatly outweigh the daily, mundane or even significant accomplishments achieved in my life.  It was because of the example of my older sister, who spent a summer working in different orphanages in Quito, Ecuador, that I understood better what I wanted out of life.

I had the chance to visit my sister and spend some time the last two weeks sharing in her experience in Ecuador.  It was my first glimpse I had into the thrill and joy of travel and also in participating in significant service.  The experiences I had in Ecuador lead me to seek out another opportunity, as a volunteer English teacher in Kayathar, India.  I spent the summer of my junior year in high school living as the lone American in a village in southern India, where I grew very close to the 100 students I taught on a daily basis.  It became a life changing experience.  I sought to make travel and experiencing culture a more significant part of my life.  I spent a semester the following year as an English teacher in Zhongshan, China, where I continued to find what I have been searching for in life.  I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Denmark, certainly the last place I would have expected.  Yet despite the seeming misfit of the call, I came to really love the people and see the mash of cultures which really seemed to catch my interest.

Despite an interest in cultures, I have had a lot of working experience in the IT field.  Therefore, I thought it would be beneficial to have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science.  Yet after a year in the program I have found that it is not something that interests me and have instead turned to journalism.  I enjoy writing and have spent a significant amount of time writing.  I was drawn to the journalism program for the writing and investigative focus.  I have published a book titled The Limit of Man’s Potential, describing my experiences traveling and volunteering abroad.  In making the change I have considered what career path I would be most adept in pursuing.  I would love a career where I could travel, yet I also need a career that is conducive to family life.  I have considered international journalism or possibly working with a Non-profit organization or NGO, where eventually I could work the majority of my time in the United States, but also have the opportunity to travel to different countries on a regular basis.  I am specifically interested in investigative journalism and writing.  I have always had a focus on observing people and learning human behavior better.  I believe that will hopefully be a great asset in pursuing a career in investigative journalism.

This is a basic overview of who I am, my interests, priorities and hopes for the future.  I hopeful to gain valuable knowledge in my future endeavors that will help better prepare me for the field of journalism as well as give me a better understanding of what path I need to take in life.