Chris Butler Writer Journalist

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CHRISTOPHER D. BUTLER

(318) 243-3228

christopherdavidbutler@gmail.com


EDUCATION:

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE, Monroe, LA

Master’s degree in communication, December 2003

GPA: 3.7

LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY, Ruston, LA

Bachelor’s degree in political science; English minor, May 2000

GPA: 2.9


EXPERIENCE:                

TENN VALUES PAC (Temporary), Nashville, TN,  (May 2018-present)

Media spokesman 

  • Media spokesman for a political PAC to help elect Bill Lee governor in 2018
  • Establish media outreach and get coverage of the PAC in the state’s largest media outlets
  • Write op-eds supporting Bill Lee and recruit volunteers to write letters to the editor

 

U.S. TERM LIMITS, Nashville, TN   (September 2017-May 2018)

State director

  • Lobbied members of the Tennessee General Assembly to support an Article V term limits resolution
  • Recruited and oversaw the work of grassroots volunteers across Tennessee
  • Provided media attention for the organization through press releases and newspaper op-eds

 

TENNESSEE WATCHDOG, Nashville, TN  (September 2010-August 2017)

Investigative Reporter

  • Investigated waste, fraud, and abuse in the local, state, and federal governments
  • Broke several stories that went viral in national and international media, got a state law changed, and prompted certain public officials to resign or get investigated for their on-the-job conduct
  • Washington Post named Tennessee Watchdog one of the nation’s best state-based political blogs

 

RUSTON DAILY LEADER, Ruston, LA (May 2009-August 2010)

Reporter

  • Wrote hard news, feature stories, and a weekly column.
  • Wrote at least one to three stories per day
  • Won the newspaper’s first photography award

 

WISE COUNTY MESSENGER, Decatur, TX (December 2007-November 2008)

Reporter

  • Covered hard news and feature stories
  • Traveled to breaking news events, including those that happened overnight
  • Edited the paper before publication

 

DAILY COMET, Thibodaux, LA (August 2007-November 2007)

City Editor

  • Managed a staff of three reporters, one photographer, and two graphic design artists
  • Proofread and edited all news articles before publication
  • Acted as a community liaison between the newspaper and various business interests

 

ATHENS BANNER HERALD, Athens, GA (April 2007-August 2007)

Reporter

  • Covered all news in Oconee County, Ga.
  • Covered breaking news and events in Athens, Ga.
  • Wrote Freedom of Information Act and other public records requests

 

HIGHLANDS TODAY, Sebring, FL (August 2005-April 2007)

Reporter

  • Covered county government, courts, and law enforcement in Highlands County
  • Wrote stories that appeared regularly in the Tampa Tribune, including the front page
  • Regularly scooped competing media on breaking government and law enforcement stories

 

HOMETOWN NEWS, Fort Pierce, FL (January 2004-August 2005)

Reporter

  • Reported all news in Martin County, Florida, one of the state’s wealthiest counties
  • Covered the immediate aftermaths of Hurricanes Jeanne and Frances, interviewed survivors, and got an exclusive interview with former FEMA Chief Michael Brown
  • Promoted the newspaper at various events around the county

AWARDS & ACTIVITIES:              

• Louisiana Press Association, Best News Story 2009 (Honorable Mention)

• Louisiana Press Association, Best Breaking News Photo 2009 (Third Place)

• Mississippi/Louisiana Associated Press Award, Writing: Best Personal Column 2009 (Second Place)

• Tennessee Pork Report, Editor and co-author of the 2011 and 2012 editions, released statewide

• Liberty at Work Management Program, Arlington, VA. (graduated in 2012)

• Investigative Reporters and Editors (2016-2017)

 • Tennessee Press Association (2014-2015)

• Society of Professional Journalists (ULM chapter president for 2002-2003)

 • The News Star Monroe, LA (2003) Volunteered as community representative on editorial board

 

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