Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award
Howard A. Tyner 2000
Chicago TribuneHoward A. Tyner likes to think globally, literally and figuratively. The 19th editor of the Chicago Tribune has had a varied 35-year career that includes covering numerous major stories as a foreign correspondent both for the Tribune and United Press International, holding various senior editorial management posts and taking a leadership position in rethinking how news is delivered.
Tyner covered the aftermath of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, martial law in Poland, the deaths of Leonid Brezhnev, Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chernenko, and the rise of Mikhail Gorbachev; he also reported from Western Europe, the Middle East and the Caribbean, as well as the United States.
As an editor Tyner supervised Tribune coverage of the collapse of communism and the Gulf War. The newspaper produced numerous major and award-winning editorial projects since he was named editor in 1993. Among those was extensive coverage of flaws in the implementation of the death penalty, especially in Illinois. The articles played a major role in the decision by Illinois' governor to suspend all executions in 1999 and they helped put the death penalty issue back in the national agenda.
Tyner also has been a key player in the Tribune's decade-long strategy to coordinate the company's print, broadcast, cable and internet resources to prepare for the future broadband news environment. He recently became vice president/editorial of Tribune Publishing on a fulltime basis. Educated at Carleton College and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Tyner joined UPI in 1967 and the Tribune in 1977.