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My career

Highlights of Steve Buttry's journalism career.

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My next adventure will be at LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication as the first Lamar Visiting Scholar. Very pleased and excited: stevebuttry.wordp...

My next adventure: teaching at LSU

My 2002 interview with Mikhail Gorbachev, photo by Kent Sievers: stevebuttry.wordp...

My 2002 interview with Mikhail Gorbachev

Thanks to Kent Sievers for sending me the 2002 photos of my interview with Mikhail Gorbachev. I add some memories of the interview and the stories I wrote (thanks to World-Herald) librarian Jeanne Hauser for sending those: stevebuttry.wordp...

My 2002 interview with Mikhail Gorbachev

Thunderdome has enough people now to fill a newsroom:

In October 2010, Doug Newsom (a former professor of mine) and I were inducted into the Schieffer School of Journalism's Hall of Excellence at TCU. My acceptance speech: www.schiefferscho...

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    Kellye Crocker


  • Steve Buttry
    Steve Buttry

    Thanks, Kellye! I was quite honored. Not particularly showing it off here, but I was doing a workshop on job-hunting, so I did a career pinboard to show that as a possible way to showcase social media use and your career. I hope you're doing well.

A 2007 workshop for the Utah Press Association brought me close enough for a side trip to Bryce Canyon. I used this photo for my blog header for a while, still use it on I used the tectonic upheaval that created Bryce Canyon as a metaphor for disruption in the news business.

One of my most memorable assignments at the Omaha World-Herald was spending a month with a group of Afghan teachers visiting the Midwest.

During the Cedar Rapids flood, The Gazette's building lost power for a month. While we ran on backup generators, waiting for a larger generator, I wrote my Sunday column in the dark.

As an editor for the Des Moines Register in 1983, I created the Iowa Caucus Game, a board game that became popular with reporters and candidates.

Picture of the Day: The Iowa Caucus Board Game

I lead workshops in Digital First journalism for newsrooms across the country.

I was a panelist for a 2011 American University program, Making the Most of Your Internship.

A historic flood, beyond the 500-year flood level, inundated Cedar Rapids on my third day as editor. My staff excelled in coverage, including this double-truck front page, winning lots of awards, including the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Deadline Reporting.

I traveled to Germany in 2007 to lead some workshops for Stars and Stripes. I made a side trip to the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz.

My travels for the American Press Institute included a 2008 trip to Ecuador to lead a Newspaper Next workshop for El Comercio.

When Carol Ann Riordan and I visited Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2008, we appeared on an English-language radio talk show.

As an early and enthusiastic Twitter user, I couldn't resist this photo op at a conveniently named flea market in Vermont. It's been my avatar ever since.

I've been interested in writing all my life.

One of the best stories of my career was the story of the lives of the four people in this Pulitzer Prize-winning photo by Earle "Buddy" Bunker: Bob and Dorothy Moore, their daughter Nancy and their nephew Michael Croxdale.

I started my professional journalism career in 1971 at the Evening Sentinel in Shenandoah, Iowa. The Sentinel went out of business in 1993 and the building has been torn down.

I studied journalism at Texas Christian University in the 1970s. I returned in 2009 and 2010 to lead some workshops and for my induction into the Hall of Excellence of the Schieffer School of Journalism.

On Iowa caucus night in 1980, I was the primary editor on the Republican story. Here we call George H.W. Bush the winner on deadline, with, from left, Dan Petersen, Paul Leavitt, Merrill Perlman, Michael Gartner, Jim Gannon, Jim Flansburg and Arnie Garson helping/watching. As an editor and reporter for four different newspapers, I have covered seven Iowa caucus campaigns: stevebuttry.wordp...

Des Moines Register, first hitch
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    Kellye Crocker


Photojournalist Gary Fandel and I traveled to Venezuela in 2000 to report for the Des Moines Register on a disaster relief mission.

Interviewing Mikhail Gorbachev as a reporter for the Omaha World-Herald.

Visiting the Prince Ahmed Institute for Applied Media Studies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with my American Press Institute colleague Carol Ann Riordan.