Amy Guth’s expertise is at the intersection of digital media with journalism and literature. She is general manager/publisher and oversees operations of RedEye and Metromix at Tribune Publishing Company, is a late-night talk radio host on WGN Radio and is an adjunct faculty member of University of Chicago’s Graham School. She is the current president of Association for Women Journalists Chicago, is author of the 2006 novel “Three Fallen Women,” serves as a mentor-editor at The Op-Ed Project, and is on the Inland Press Association’s digital advisory panel.
In 2013, Guth was named Chicago’s funniest Media Personality by Laugh Factory Chicago.
Previously, Guth 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. She has also contributed to WGN Radio, WGN-TV, CLTV and WBEZ.
Also prior to her current role, 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.