THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC REVIEW
America’s editorial team and correspondents often engage with the media to offer expert commentary on Catholic issues as well as appear at various events.
Matt Malone, S.J.
Editor in Chief
Matt Malone, S.J., is the 14th and youngest editor in chief in America's history. Fr. Malone began his tenure as editor in chief on October 1, 2012. He served for two years as an associate editor, from 2007-2009, when he covered foreign policy and domestic politics.
His writing has appeared in numerous national and international publications and his work and ideas have been featured in The New York Times , The Washington Post and The Boston Globe among others.
- Catholic Church Issues
- Domestic Politics
- Foreign Policy
James Martin, SJ
Editor at Large
James Martin, S.J. is a Jesuit priest, editor-at-large of America and New York Times bestselling author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, Between Heaven and Mirth, and most recently Jesus: A Pilgrimage.
Fr. Martin is a frequent commentator in the national and international media and has appeared on all the major networks. including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, BBC and FOX. He has also been featured in such diverse venue as The Colbert Report, NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, PBS’ Newshour, as well as The New York Tines, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post. Fr. Martin is also a trained spiritual director and has conducted retreats across the country. Before entering the Jesuits, Father Martin graduated from the Wharton School of Business and worked for six years at GE.
- Catholic Church Issues
- Catholic Spirituality
- Faith and Culture
Kerry Weber is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York and Providence College in Rhode Island. Kerry has worked as an associate editor for Catholic Digest, a staff reporter for The Greenwich Post and The Catholic Observer, and a producer and reporter for the television news magazine Real to Reel. After college she volunteered for one year with the Mercy Volunteer Corps, serving as a special-education teacher in St. Michaels, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation. She recently published her latest book Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job.
- Women in the life of the Church
- Catholic Youth Ministry
- Catholic lay engagement
Senior Editor & Chief Correspondent
Kevin Clarke returned to his native New York in 2009 after a lengthy tour of duty at Claretian Publications: first as an editor and contributor to Salt of the Earth magazine; then as senior editor, columnist and web content manager for U.S. Catholic magazine and uscatholic.org. He is an Albany State grad and has an MA in International Studies from DePaul University in Chicago. He has frequently been honored by the Associated Church Press and the Catholic Press Association for his opinion and feature writing and has been recognized by Catholic Relief Services for his reporting on international issues. In addition to SOTE and U.S. Catholic, his work has appeared in the Utne Reader, Sojourners, The Chicago Tribune and The Chicago Reader.
- Church News
- Domestic Policy
- International Affairs
Maurice Timothy Reidy
Tim Reidy joined America's staff in October 2006 after three years as associate editor at Commonweal magazine. A graduate of Princeton University, he wrote his senior thesis in the religion department on the Catholic Common Ground Initiative. Following graduation, he worked for two years at an inner city Catholic school before attending the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. For three years, he worked as a staff writer at The Hartford Courant, where he covered New Haven and Yale University. His work has appeared in Commonweal, TNR Online, The New York Times and the Columbia Journalism Review. From 2008-2013 America's website won top honors from the Catholic Press Association.
- Catholic Education
- Campus Ministry
- Catholic Parishes
Engagement and Community Editor
At the Washington Post, Elizabeth Tenety was responsible for editing and producing the organization’s digital news and analysis on religion, including as editor of the “Divine Impulses” religion interview series. Her more recent work includes front page reporting on Pope Francis, a live-streamed Google interview in advance of Supreme Court hearings on gay marriage and analysis of women's roles in the Catholic Church. She studied theology and government at Georgetown University and received her master’s degree in reporting and writing from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She and her husband are the parents of two young boys.
- Digital News and Analysis
- Online Community Building
- Women in the life of the Church
Gerard O’Connell is an Irish-born journalist and Cambridge graduate who most recently reported from Rome on Vatican affairs for the “Vatican Insider.” Since 1985, he has written for various news outlets including the following Catholic publications: The Tablet (UK,), The Universe (UK), Our Sunday Visitor (U.S.), Inside the Vatican (U.S.) and The Southern Cross (South Africa). O’Connell specializes on the Catholic Church in Asia and the Holy See’s relations with Asian states, in particular with China, India and Vietnam and has been Rome correspondent for UCA News, the main Catholic news agency in Asia. He contributes to radio and television, including CTV (Canada), BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera, and is author of God’s Invisible Hand, an interview-book with Cardinal Francis Arinze.
- Vatican Affairs
- Middle Eastern Affairs
Sister Mary Ann Walsh, R.S.M.
U.S. Church Correspondent
Sister Mary Ann Walsh, RSM is a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Northeast Community. She holds a master’s degree in English from the College of St. Rose and a master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola College of Maryland. She served as a correspondent for Catholic News Service in Rome and Washington and as director of communications for World Youth Day in Denver in 1993. She then began her work in media relations for the U.S. bishops. She is an award-winning writer and has been published in The Washington Post, USA Today, and Editor & Publisher, among others, and is the editor of three books: Pope John Paul II: A Light for the World; From John Paul II to Benedict XVI: An Inside Look at the End of an Era…; and Benedict XVI: Essays and Reflections on His Papacy.
Tim Padgett has covered Latin America for almost 25 years, for Newsweek as its Mexico City bureau chief from 1990 to 1996, and for Time as its Latin America bureau chief, first in Mexico from 1996 to 1999 and then in Miami, where he also covered Florida and the U.S. Southeast, from 1999 to 2013. Padgett has interviewed more than 20 heads of state. In 2005, he received Columbia University's Maria Moors Cabot Prize, the oldest international award in journalism, for his body of work. He is currently the Americas editor for Miami NPR affiliate WLRN.
Judith Valente is a regular contributor to NPR and "Religion and Ethics Newsweekly," Judith Valente is a journalist, poet and essayist. She is the author of Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home and a Living Faith, named best spirituality book in paperback for 2014 by the Catholic Press Association and one of the three best spirituality books by Religion Newswriters Association. Her book, The Art of Pausing, was runner up for the Catholic Press Association book award in 2014. She began her work as a staff reporter for The Washington Post. She later joined the staff of The Wall Street Journal, reporting from that paper's Chicago and London bureaus. She was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, first in the public service category as part of a team of reporters at The Dallas Times Herald in the 1980's. In 1993, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer in the feature writing category for her front page article in The Wall Street Journal chronicling the story of a religiously conservative father caring for his son dying of AIDS.
- Catholic Communities
- Women Religious
James McDermott, S.J.
Los Angeles Correspondent
Father James McDermott studied literature at Marquette and Harvard University and Old Testament and Liturgy at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. A former Associate Editor of America, Father McDermott recently completed his M.F.A. in Screenwriting from U.C.L.A. For the last three years he has worked in the development department of the AMC network. He recently sold his first TV pilot.
Stephen Schwankett is an award-winning writer and editor with 17 years of experience in Greater China, focusing on exploration, technology, media and culture. His book, Poseidon: China's Secret Salvage of Britain's Lost Submarine was published in 2013 by Hong Kong University Press. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, his work has been published in The Asian Wall Street Journal, The South China Morning Post, Billboard, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. It has also appeared on the web sites of The New York Times, The Washington Post, PCWorld and MacWorld. He is a former deputy Asia editor for The Hollywood Reporter, former editor of Computerworld Hong Kong and former managing editor of asia.internet.com.
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