Bill Beuttler



On Leave

B.A. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
M.S. Columbia University

Contact Information

Office: Ansin 1224
Phone: 617-824-3120
william_beuttler [at] (E-Mail »)

Bill Beuttler teaches courses in magazine writing, editing, and publishing. Before joining Emerson, he spent the previous three years covering jazz for the Boston Globe and teaching journalism at Boston University.

His more than two decades of magazine work include stints as a senior editor at the Discovery Channel, Men's Journal, and Boston Magazine, and as an associate editor at Down Beat and American Way magazines. Now a contributing writer for JazzTimes magazine, he has also written for Atlantic Online,, Chicago Magazine, The Boston Globe Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Outside, Playboy, GQ, National Geographic Traveler, Cooking Light, and The New York Times Book Review, among other publications. His assignments have taken him to Cuba, the Moroccan Sahara, and the Mall of America, and have brought him face to face with artists and writers including Saul Bellow, Sonny Rollins, and John Kenneth Galbraith.

Beuttler, a Chicago native, broke into journalism as a police reporter at the legendary City News Bureau of Chicago. His first teaching job was as a visiting professor of magazine journalism at Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. He also spent a summer at the American University of Beirut supervising a journalism program designed by journalist and former hostage Terry Anderson.