As commentary editor Lythcott decides which opinion pieces will appear in the newspaper. Lythcott began her career in print journalism in the late 1970’s. She worked for four years as an education and police beat reporter for a local newspaper in Madison-Wisconsin. Then, in 1982, she was hired by the Chicago Tribune newspaper and began writing editorial pieces. Before becoming commentary editor, Lythcott was op-ed editor and was one of the highest ranking African American women on the Tribune’s editorial board.