Miller Center

Howard Witt

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Howard Witt is the Miller Center’s Managing Editor, directing communications, marketing and publications for the Center.
Before joining the Miller Center in September, 2015, Witt was the Executive Editor of the Lafayette (Ind.) Journal & Courier, an award-winning digital and print news operation in northwest Indiana. He also oversaw two other Indiana newspapers, the Muncie Star Press and the Richmond Palladium-Item.
From 2009-2013, Witt was the Senior Managing Editor of Stars and Stripes, the independent newspaper serving the U.S. military community. Under his leadership, Stars and Stripes won a number of major journalism prizes, including a Polk award and National Headliner award.
From 2003-2009, Witt was stationed in Texas as the Southwest Bureau Chief of the Chicago Tribune. In 2005, he wrote a series documenting the long-term aftereffects of the Oklahoma City bombing on survivors and first responders, as well as a series tracking the resurrection of Antoine’s Restaurant, a New Orleans icon crippled by Hurricane Katrina.
For his coverage of civil rights issues in 2007, Witt was recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting, and he also won the Nieman Foundation’s Taylor Award for Fairness in Journalism, the American Judicature Society’s Toni House Journalism Award, the Chicago Bar Association’s Herman Kogan Award and several other major national citations.
Witt started at the Tribune as a summer intern in 1982 and during his 25-year career there he served as a national correspondent, foreign correspondent and editor.
From 1987 to 1994, Witt was stationed in Toronto, Johannesburg and Moscow. Among many stories of international significance, he covered the Lockerbie bombing, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the ouster of Ceausescu, the release of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid, the Moscow coups in 1991 and 1993 and the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Witt returned to the United States in 1995, first as Los Angeles Bureau Chief and then Chief of Correspondents in Chicago. In 1997, Witt was named Associate Managing Editor for Interactive News, a position in which he supervised the editorial staffs of the Tribune’s Internet sites. He left the paper in 1999 and was Editor-in-Chief of the Washington, D.C. City Paper in 2000-01. In late 2001, Witt returned to the Tribune, joining the paper’s Washington bureau as Chief Diplomatic Correspondent.
Born in Chicago, Witt graduated with high distinction from the University of Michigan in 1982, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English language and literature. He and his wife, Andrea Mayfield-Witt, have three children and live in Crozet, Virginia.

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