Don Wycliff

Board of Directors - Director

Don Wycliff is the Distinguished Journalist in Residence at the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to his current post he spent 35 years in the newspaper industry as a reporter, editor, editorial writer and columnist. His career included almost ten years as editorial page editor of the Chicago Tribune, five years as the Tribune’s public editor (ombudsman) and five years as a member of the editorial board of The New York Times. During his tenure as the Chicago Tribune’s editorial page editor, the paper won one Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing and was a finalist for a second. The paper also won two Distinguished Writing Awards in editorial writing from the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE). Wycliff was a Pulitzer finalist in 1996 and the winner of the ASNE editorial writing award in 1997.

Wycliff was a member of the first class of Ethics Fellows at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. He remains a member of the ASNE and was a member of its board until he left the Tribune for academia in 2006.

Wycliff serves on the boards of Catalyst Chicago, Christ the King Jesuit College Prep, and the News Literacy Project.

A native of Texas, Wycliff received his B.A. in government/international studies from the University of Notre Dame and was designated a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He attended graduate school at the University of Chicago.