Brenda Butler

Journalist

Brenda Butler is an experienced journalist with more than 35 years in newspapers and magazines. A witness to and participant in the sectionalizing of American newspapers in the 1990s, she held numerous editing positions at the Tribune, including associate managing editor for features, where she was involved in the conception and development of award-winning newspaper sections and magazines and co-managed a staff of more than 100 reporters, editors and support staff. In the late 1990s, Butler also wrote, produced and moderated a 13-week series for Chicago cable TV titled “Playback: Views from an African-American Perspective.” She left the Tribune in 2009 after more than 10 years as senior features editor for the Chicago Tribune Magazine. Before joining the Tribune, Butler was an editor at Johnson Publishing’s Jet Magazine. She was three-term president of the National Association of Black Journalists-Chicago Chapter. Under her leadership, the organization was named the national 2009 NABJ Chapter of the Year. Butler was most recently executive director of Columbia Links, a journalism, news literacy and leadership development program for underserved youth in Chicago public high schools and for teachers, housed at Columbia College Chicago. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and creative writing from Knox College, Galesburg, Ill., and graduated from the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education management program at Kellogg’s Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, Evanston.

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