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.

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