My name is Chris Butler, and I have 17 years of professional writing experience.
I have awards in writing and photography from the Louisiana Press Association and the Mississippi/Louisiana Associated Press. I co-wrote and edited the 2011 and 2012 Tennessee Pork Reports, which were distributed statewide and made front page headlines.
FOX News, the Drudge Report, Rush Limbaugh, National Review, The British Daily Mail, and even columnist Dave Barry, among many other national outlets, have cited my work. From 2010 to 2017, I was the investigative reporter for Tennessee Watchdog, where one piece I did resulted in a state law getting changed. In 2015 I also broke the story that was known as “Logo-Gate,” which went viral statewide and nationally. The Washington Post named Tennessee Watchdog one of the nation’s best state-based political blogs while I was its sole reporter.
The Tampa Tribune, The Tennessee Star and the Louisiana-based Hayride and Dead Pelican websites have also published my work. Previously, I was a newspaper reporter in Florida, Texas, and Louisiana, where I covered education, crime, the courts system, county politics, and hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2004. I was also a registered lobbyist in the state capitol in Tennessee.
I am a native of Ruston, Louisiana and I got my bachelor’s degree (in political science, with an English minor) from Louisiana Tech University and a master’s degree (in communications) from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
I currently live in Nashville.
You may read my most current resume here.