Ideas Editor

Anica Butler

Anica Butler is the editor of the Globe’s Ideas section. Previously, she was deputy editor in the Globe’s news department, where she helped orchestrate the department’s coverage and edited stories about immigration and consumerism, among other topics. She also worked with the Globe Spotlight Team on the 2016 series on the state’s failed mental healthcare system, and edited the Globe’s criminal justice coverage, including the trials of former Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, James “Whitey” Bulger, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the convicted Boston Marathon bomber.

Prior to coming to the Globe in 2011, Butler worked at the Baltimore Sun as the crime and courts editor, a multimedia editor, and before that, as a reporter. She has also been a reporter at the the Los Angeles Times and the Hartford Courant. Raised in Texas, she is a graduate of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla. Butler was a 2019 Nieman Fellow at Harvard.

Latest stories

Ideas | Caleb Gayle

What a conservative state can teach us about progressive criminal justice reform

By Caleb Gayle ,

Oklahoma will soon commute the sentences of more than 400 inmates convicted of low-level crimes. If a deep-red state can take criminal justice reform seriously, so can others.

Stat | Adam Dean and Simeon Kimmel

Beyond the Sacklers: Free-trade policies contributed to the opioid epidemic

By Adam Dean and Simeon Kimmel , STAT

We can’t say for sure that job losses are killing people. Yet it seems likely that there’s a relationship.

Ideas | Tatiana Schlossberg

Combating climate change can feel like a daunting task, but we’re not powerless

By Tatiana Schlossberg ,

There are several things we should keep mind as we try to confront the twin problems of climate change and environmental degradation.

Ideas | Tatiana Schlossberg

Buying jeans, eating burgers, watching Netflix: They affect the environment, too

By Tatiana Schlossberg ,

Nearly everything we do has an effect on the climate. But the narrative of personal responsibility just makes us feel guilty while letting those who are truly responsible off the hook. We do have tools to make a difference, though.