A native New Yorker, Ellen Futterman began her journalism career as a general assignment reporter for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. After a short stint at the Belleville News-Democrat, she joined the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1982 and spent 25 years there. Among her many jobs at the Post, Ellen was a news reporter, feature writer, columnist, Arts and Entertainment Editor, critic-at-large and Features (Everyday) Editor. In late 2007, Ellen took a buyout at the Post-Dispatch, and began work at Twist, a boutique public relations and marketing firm. In January of 2009, Ellen joined the St. Louis Jewish Light as its editor, where she is responsible for overseeing editorial operations, including managing both staff members and freelancers. Under her editorship, the Light has won 19 Rockower Awards, which are the highest awards given for Jewish journalism. She personally won the Louis Rapoport Award for Excellence in Commentary in 2012 and 2014 for her News & Schmooze column, which runs weekly in the Light.
In addition, Ellen has been a content communications editor at the Arts and Education Council since 2009, where she is in charge of writing and editing the Council’s every-other-month Happenings newsletter, as well as other publications. She also contributes to the New York Times Sunday Styles section, where she has written several “Vows” columns.
She is married to Jeff Burkett, a middle school principal, and has three children.