Bill Beuttler

Associate Professor

Bill Beuttler teaches courses in magazine writing, editing, and publishing. Before joining Emerson, he spent three years covering jazz for the Boston Globe and teaching journalism at Boston University. Much of his published writing has been focused on music, which led to his creating a course on writing about music. His first book, Make It New: How Jason Moran, Esperanza Spalding, and others are reshaping jazz in the 21st century, will be published by Lever Press in 2019.

Beuttler's more than three decades of magazine work includes 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. He has also been published in JazzTimes, Jazziz, The Atlantic, Esquire, Chicago magazine, The Boston Globe Magazine, Sports Illustrated, 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.


  • Writing Literature & Publishing
    Since 2006


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