John Butte is the Practitioner in Residence in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Coordinator of Career Services. He serves as the School’s principal internship coordinator and leads efforts in student personal brand and career development. Each spring he organizes the annual CareerExpo where juniors and seniors are taken to Cleveland to meet with northeast Ohio’s leading communication oriented employers for a day of networking and interviewing for jobs and internships.
John is also teaches broadcast journalism courses and is the faculty adviser to our student media television cable channel, TV2.
In June, John was inducted into the prestigious Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Lower Great Lakes Chapter. The Silver Circle recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to television for twenty-five years or more.
He enjoys a remarkable broadcast journalism career that began in 1965 as a full time radio announcer while in high school in his hometown, Corydon, Indiana.
A keen eye for talent and his ability to recruit, teach and lead has highlighted Butte’s career. He is widely recognized as one of the best creative thinkers, content innovators and career developers in local television news.
After receiving a Bachelors of Science degree from Indiana University, he began his career as a reporter/photographer at WHAS-TV, Louisville. He worked as an anchor, reporter, assignment editor and producer, in medium and large markets, before accepting his first News Directorship in Asheville, North Carolina. His following news director positions included, WMAR, Baltimore; WFLA, Tampa; WTHR, Indianapolis and WEWS, Cleveland. He also was Vice President and General Manager, WEWS-TV.
At the Walt Disney Company in Burbank California in 1993, as Executive Producer, Butte created the national advocacy television news magazine, “The Crusaders.” In 1996 in Columbus, as General Manager, he created the Ohio News Network, ONN, Ohio’s 24/7 cable news channel.
In addition to his Silver Circle recognition, John is the recipient of numerous awards including regional Emmys and both a national Edward R. Murrow and an I.R.E. for investigative reporting.