- Former Senior Faculty, Leadership
- The Poynter Institute
Nearly 45 years ago, Butch Ward walked into his first newsroom and began his career as a journalist and teacher of journalists. For the next 27 years, he worked at The Baltimore News American and The Philadelphia Inquirer, serving as managing editor in both newsrooms. He then spent three years as Vice President for Corporate and Public Affairs at Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia, before joining the faculty of The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, FL. There he spent 13 years, teaching, consulting and facilitating leadership and editing programs for print, broadcast and digital newsrooms and for journalism associations. He taught leadership and narrative writing to journalists in South Africa and Australia, and helped lead specialized conferences on subjects ranging income inequality to the impact of gun violence to the role of social media in election campaigns. After retiring from Poynter in 2017, Butch continues to help news organizations and their leaders produce journalism that contributes meaningfully to a robust democracy. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Butch lives in Wallingford, Pa., with his wife, Donna, who helps run the library for a kindergarten academy of 250 students. Their daughter, Caitlin, is a nurse in Atlanta and their son, Coley, and his wife, Suz, live in Newton, MA, with Cassidy and Rocco, the most beautiful grandchildren in the whole, wide world.