senior reporter, Big Bend Sentinel and Presidio International, Marfa, Texas
Butcher was born in San Marcos, Texas, raised in Fort Worth and attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English, and the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, where she earned a master’s degree in English. She worked as a mediator at a dispute resolution center in Austin, Texas before spending seven years as a reporter for the Big Bend Sentinel in Marfa, Texas and the nearby Presidio International, two small weekly newspapers on the U.S.-Mexico border. Butcher has covered everything from local schools and border politics to environmental issues and the Texas Legislature. Her work has won prizes from the Texas Press Association and, in 2004, the state Sierra Club named her environmental Reporter of the Year for uncovering a plan by the Texas General Land Office to lease water from state lands to a private company without a public bid process.
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