Amy Guth hosts talk radio on WGN Radio, is president of Association for Women Journalists Chicago, and serves as a mentor-editor and senior facilitator at The Op-Ed Project‘s Public Voices Fellowship. She founded and serves as Executive Director of the Chicago-based production company, Strangewaze, co-founded podcast network, Yak Channel, and is author of the novel “Three Fallen Women.” Guth is currently producing and directing a documentary series about online harassment.
In 2013, Guth was named Chicago’s funniest Media Personality by Laugh Factory Chicago. Guth has contributed work to Huffington Post, WGN-TV, CLTV, WBEZ, WCIU-TV, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, Sun-Sentinel, Rivet Radio, The Nosher, Monkeybicycle, Bookslut, Jewcy, Medium, and The Believer, among others.
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 and on the Inland Press Association’s digital advisory panel.
Also while at Tribune Company, Guth 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, as well as serving as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Chicago.
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. Guth also co-hosted the long-running Chicago literary reading series, RUI: Reading Under The Influence, for four years.
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.