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Stephen Arnold Buttry

Student Media, Manship School of Mass Communication 







Steve Buttry was the Director of Student Media and professor in the Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU. Before his career at LSU, Buttry had extensive experience in journalism and teaching around the country.

As the first Lamar Visiting Scholar to be hired in LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication, Buttry taught students as well as worked closely with Dean Jerry Ceppos on the development of student media and the school’s new Social Media Laboratory. He made significant impact on the lives of students and faculty alike, and will be honored with the creation of the Stephen Buttry Scholarship at the Manship school.

Steve Buttry was an inspirational journalist and had an impressive, 45 year career writing for publications across the country. He received his undergraduate degree in Journalism from Texas Christian University, where he has been inducted into the Hall of Excellence in the Schleffer School of Journalism. Before coming to LSU his resume included positions at The Des Moines register, The Minot Daily, The Shenandoah Sentinel, The Des Moines Tribune, and the Omaha World-Herald.

In addition, Buttry taught journalism at Central College in Pella, Iowa, Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, the University of Iowa, Georgetown University, and American University. He was honored with several awards throughout his career including Editor of the Year by Editor & Publisher magazine (2010), the Glamann Award from the American Copy Editors Society (2015), the Rich Jaroslovsky Founder Award from the Online News Association (2016) and the Chairman’s Citation from the National Press Foundation (2017).

Buttry was an avid blogger and wrote frequently about his battle with cancer. You can read his posts at

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