Patrick Butler is the Vice President of Programs, overseeing as many as 70 programs carried out by ICFJ every year. 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 then VP of Programs.
Working with ICFJ’s program staff, Butler is responsible for ensuring the quality of programs ranging from our flagship Knight Fellowships to journalist exchanges, from investigative reporting networks to digital media innovation contests. Butler 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 thousands of 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.