Butler oversees the development and execution of ICFJ programs and supervises program personnel. He previously worked as a reporter and writer for 10 years at The State (Columbia, South Carolina) working on general assignment, business and feature news. Before joining The State, he worked at theSpartanburg Herald-Journal, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the San Jose Mercury News. Butler completed a five-month Knight International Press Fellowship in Nicaragua in 1999. He has a B.A. in Spanish and journalism from the University of Missouri. He is fluent in Spanish and is proficient in French.