Amy Guth is a WGN Radio talk-show host, president of Association for Women Journalists Chicago, serves as a mentor-editor and senior facilitator at The Op-Ed Project‘s Public Voices Fellowship, is on the Inland Press Association’s digital advisory panel, and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Chicago. She is also author of the 2006 novel “Three Fallen Women.”
In 2013, Guth was named Chicago’s funniest Media Personality by Laugh Factory Chicago. Guth has contributed work to WGN-TV, CLTV, WBEZ, WCIU-TV, The Believer, Jewcy, Monkeybicycle, Bookslut, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, Sun-Sentinel, and Rivet Radio.
Previously, Guth was general manager/publisher and oversaw operations of RedEye and Metromix at Tribune Publishing Company, managed social media and search engine optimization at Chicago Tribune, where she co-wrote a social media column and co-hosted the ”30 Second Social” instructional series. During this time, she also served as a founding advisory panel member of Social Media Week Chicago.
Also prior to her current roles, she served as digital editor for Chicago Tribune’s books section, Printers Row, where she covered the then-rise of digital publishing and literature. In 2007, she founded and served as executive director of Pilcrow, a small press literary festival.
Guth has spoken at colleges, universities, literary festivals and technology conferences about book promotion, writing, editing, social media and SEO, and has taught in the Chicago Tribune and other US newsrooms about digital media for journalists. She also co-hosted the long-running Chicago reading series, RUI: Reading Under The Influence, for four years.
Her work is included in the anthologies “What Happened to us These Last Couple of Years?” and “6S, Vol. 2.” Guth’s fiction was was named among StorySouth’s notable stories and was a Million Writers Award nominee, and she was named in the Chicago Newcity Lit Top 50 list.
She founded the literary blog, Chicago Subtext, for the Tribune’s Chicago Now blog network, where she also served as founding Life and Style community manager. Before all that, Guth served as managing editor for the (now-defunct) journal, The Complete Meal and co-wrote several sketch productions at Second City’s training center and other improv venues, including “Uterine Wailing Wall” as well as “Anton Chekhov’s Bastard Child” which was performed in Chicago from 2002-4.
Before all that, she held just about every job possible in restaurants, including sass-mouth bartender, chef garde-manger, caterer and executive pastry chef.