Patrick Butler is Vice President of Content and Community, overseeing ICFJ’s work with an unparalleled global network of journalists and the many resources it offers those journalists, as well as its overall communications strategy.
Butler began his work with the center in 1999, when he served as an ICFJ Knight Fellow in Nicaragua. He worked with journalists around the country to improve news coverage, especially focusing on elections, and he helped a university establish a journalism program. Shortly after returning from that fellowship, he began to work at ICFJ full-time as a Program Director. He subsequently became Director of Training and VP of Programs before moving to his current position in 2020.
Butler works with Communications, IJNet and Community Engagement staff members, ensuring that ICFJ’s global network is active and continuously benefiting from its association with ICFJ. In more than 20 years at the organization, he has worked with thousands of journalists, media managers, technologists and students. He has conducted journalism trainings and spoken at conferences on five continents.
Before joining ICFJ, Butler worked as a writer and editor at various U.S. news media, including The State in South Carolina, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the San Jose Mercury News. His time at those newspapers included stories reported from Latin America and Africa. He has degrees in journalism and Spanish from the University of Missouri, and is fluent in Spanish.
Butler is passionate about the importance of quality journalism at a time when the profession is under siege around the world. He is inspired by the incredible journalists he has met through ICFJ’s work, and their efforts to keep citizens informed and hold governments accountable, sometimes at great personal risk.
Follow him on Twitter at @pbutler50.