Anica Butler is the deputy managing editor for local news, overseeing the Globe’s largest news department, which includes city and state politics, higher education, crime and courts, immigration, climate, health and medicine, and the regional news team. Her team also includes The Great Divide, a reporting team dedicated to investigating inequality in K-12 education, and Money, Power, Inequality, a new effort to interrogate and find solutions to the racial wealth gap. Anica was a team leader in the newsroom’s digital reinvention and an editor on the Spotlight series “The Desperate and the Dead,” about the failed mental health care system in Massachusetts, which was a Pulitzer finalist for local journalism in 2017. Anica came to the Globe in late 2011, and as an assistant metro editor oversaw coverage of some of the biggest trials of the last decade, including the Marathon bombing trial, the Whitey Bulger trial, and the trials of Aaron Hernandez while also overseeing immigration coverage. She spent a year as the editor of the Globe’s Ideas section before taking on her current role.
Anica was a 2019 Nieman fellow at Harvard, and served as a Pulitzer prize juror in 2019 and 2020.
Before joining the Globe, she worked at The Baltimore Sun, the Los Angeles Times, and The Hartford Courant. Anica is a proud alum of Florida A&M University, an HBCU. She is originally from San Antonio, Texas. She now lives in Milton with her husband and 3-year-old daughter, and is a recent commuter rail convert.
She can be reached at email@example.com; @AnicaButler on X (formerly known as Twitter); and @anica.bsky.social on BlueSky.