Director of Community Engagement at TBD.com
Steve Buttry, a 1976 graduate of TCU, is director of community engagement at TBD.com. He came to Albritton for his position as C3 Innovation Coach for Gazette Communications, where he guided the company’s pursuit of the Complete Community Connection and a Mobile-First Strategy, Steve’s vision for a new business model for local media companies. He joined The Gazette and GazetteOnline as editor in 2008 and directed coverage of a flood that was the biggest natural disaster in Iowa history. The Gazette staff won the Sigma Delta Chi Award for deadline reporting for its flood coverage. Steve was recently named Editor of the Year by Editor & Publisher magazine. Steve has spent 38 years in journalism, starting his senior year of high school as a sports writer at The Evening Sentinel in Shenandoah, Iowa. He has been a reporter, editor and writing coach for the Des Moines Register, Kansas City Star and Times, Minot Daily News and Omaha World-Herald. Steve has pursued his journalism career in newsrooms, news stories and events in 43 states, eight Canadian provinces, Russia, Ecuador, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. He has taught journalists and media executives in more than 300 newsrooms, seminars, conferences, universities and webinars. Before joining The Gazette, he spent three years with the American Press Institute, focusing mostly on teaching and research in the Newspaper Next innovation project. He remains affiliated with API, conducting the Upholding and Updating Ethical Standards seminar series.