633 N. Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL
Bonita Burton
Mgr, Visuals
My Role

Bonita Burton leads the Sentinel's photography, graphics, design and copy editing operations. She also oversees the newsroom in the absence of the Editor and Digital News Manager.

My Biography

Bonita published her first string-bound newspaper at age 8 and sold it to the neighbors for 5 cents. She got her first taste of real journalism in high school before working as editor for the college papers of BYU-Idaho and Utah State University.

Prior to joining the Sentinel, Bonita was the first business design director at the San Jose Mercury News. She was hired as part of a small core team that redesigned the newspaper in an intense four months, an effort that earned "World's Best-Designed" distinction from the Society for News Design. She also taught design and picture editing at San Jose State University.

Before San Jose, she held reporting, editing and design roles at the Orange County Register, the Los Angeles Daily News and the Salt Lake Tribune.

Bonita has been a visiting faculty member at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, the American Press Institute and several universities. In 2008 she was named to Presstime’s “20 Under 40” list of top young newspaper leaders. She served on the board of directors of the Society for News Design for nine years and was elected vice president in 2009.

Bonita's most recent design projects are a son born in 2008 and a daughter born in 2006.
My Interests

Bonita enjoys exploring Florida's waterways, beaches and theme parks with her children. She has played piano since she was 7 years old and is learning to play the harp. She is also pursuing her master's degree in management from the University of Central Florida.