Colleen Carroll Campbell is an award-winning author, print and broadcast journalist and former presidential speechwriter. She is the anchor of “EWTN News Nightly with Colleen Carroll Campbell,” a television news show that broadcasts from a studio near Capitol Hill and airs across the English-speaking world on EWTN, the world’s largest religious media network. She has written and contributed to numerous books, most notably her critically acclaimed study of young adults and religion, The New Faithful (Loyola, 2002), and her multiple-award-winning spiritual memoir, My Sisters the Saints (Image/Random House, 2012). A former speechwriter to President George W. Bush and op-ed columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Colleen also hosts the long-running EWTN television and radio show, “Faith & Culture,” and recently anchored the network’s live television coverage of the 2013 papal transition from Rome. Colleen writes frequently about politics, religion, culture and women’s issues for such national outlets as The New York Times, Washington Post, America, and First Things, and comments on those topics for such networks as FOX News, PBS, CNN and NPR. The recipient of numerous professional honors and an honorary doctorate for her journalism work, Colleen speaks to audiences across America and Europe and lives with her family near Washington, D.C. Her website is www.colleen-campbell.com.
Colleen Carroll Campbell began her writing career at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she served as editor-in-chief of the campus magazine, president of the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and a freelance writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She won Society of Professional Journalist Mark of Excellence Awards for her writing and editing, and nearly a dozen awards, scholarships, and memberships in honorary societies for her academic and journalistic achievements. In 1995, she was chosen from a nationwide pool of college students for an American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) editorial internship with Washingtonian Magazine. The following year, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Marquette with a Bachelor of Arts degree in writing-intensive English and a minor in political science.
Colleen’s first full-time journalism job was with the Memphis Commercial Appeal, where she wrote a series of front-page stories exposing political misconduct among elected officials in Collierville, Tennessee. In 1997, she moved to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she gained experience in investigative reporting and narrative journalism. She graduated from the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting in 1998, and wrote a five-part series later that year on the St. Louis Public Schools. The series uncovered corruption and waste in the city school system and resulted in her nomination as a finalist for the Livingston Awards, the largest all-media, general reporting prizes in American journalism. The series also caught the attention of the Post-Dispatch’s editorial page editor, who invited Colleen to join the newspaper’s editorial board. At age 24, she became its youngest member. Colleen wrote daily editorials on a wide variety of topics, from education and social issues to media and culture, and her work earned her a Fellowship for Editorial Writers from the Hechinger Institute at Columbia University.
In 2000, Colleen won a $50,000 Phillips Journalism Fellowship that allowed her to take a year’s leave from her newspaper job and travel the country, researching and writing about a little-noticed trend that had attracted her attention: the appeal of traditional religion and morality to a growing number of young Americans. The result of her research was The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy (Loyola Press, 2002), a critically acclaimed book now in its sixth printing that was a finalist for the 2002 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award and has been adopted as required reading by several colleges and universities. The New Faithful has been featured in more than 100 magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and abroad, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, National Review and Christianity Today. Since its publication, Colleen has received speaking invitations from institutions across North America and Europe, including requests to present her research to staff members at the White House and on Capitol Hill. She presented a copy of The New Faithful to Pope Benedict XVI while serving as a North American delegate to an international Vatican Congress on women.
In 2002, Colleen began work toward a doctorate in philosophy at Saint Louis University. She interrupted her studies later that year to accept a job as one of six speechwriters, and the only woman speechwriter, to President George W. Bush. Colleen worked directly with the President on major policy addresses, writing his speeches on such topics as education, the faith-based initiative, the fight against AIDS and judicial appointments.
After leaving the White House, Colleen served as a fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Ethics and Public Policy Center and as a weekly op-ed columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She also continued her work as a regular commentator on religion, politics and culture in the print and broadcast media.
Colleen contributes articles and online commentary to such outlets as The New York Times, Washington Post, National Review Online, Weekly Standard, Christianity Today and First Things and America. She has made more than 350 television and radio appearances on such networks as PBS, NPR, FOX News, CNN, MSNBC and the CBC. Her quotes have appeared in reports by the Associated Press, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and The Christian Science Monitor, among many others. In addition to her regular columns for the Post-Dispatch, Colleen has served as a columnist for America, Our Sunday Visitor and Lay Witness, winning a Catholic Press Association award for her work in the latter. Colleen’s essays and columns have been widely cited and published in such diverse books as Opposing Viewpoints: Feminism (Gale, 2012), Gov. Sarah Palin’s America by Heart (Harper, 2010) and Take Heart: Catholic Writers on Hope in Our Time (Crossroads, 2007), which the publisher describes as a collection of essays from “the most beloved Catholic literary figures, scholars, and theologians of our day.” Colleen also has edited one book, St. Gianna Molla: A Modern-Day Hero of Divine Love (Catholic Action, 2010).
Colleen’s newest book is the award-winning My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir (Image/Random House, 2012). Praised as “a beautiful and inspiring story” by bestselling novelist Mary Higgins Clark, “provocative … charming and instructive” by Kirkus Reviews and “touching … thoughtful and gracious” by Booklist, My Sisters the Saints won a 2013 Christopher Award and a 2013 Association of Catholic Publishers Excellence in Publishing Award. The book tells the story of Colleen’s 15-year quest to understand the meaning of her life and identity in light of her Christian faith and contemporary feminism. My Sisters the Saints interweaves Colleen’s personal story with the stories of six women saints who guided her on her way. Strong reader demand pushed the book into its sixth printing within months of its fall 2012 release.
Since 2006, Colleen has served as a television and radio host for the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), the world’s largest religious media network, which transmits programming to 225 million homes in 144 countries and territories. Colleen’s long-running interview show, “Faith & Culture,” airs weekly on EWTN television, EWTN radio, Sirius Satellite Radio and Relevant Radio. In March 2013, Colleen anchored EWTN’s live, Rome-based television coverage of the historic election and installation of Pope Francis as host of “EWTN Vatican Daily with Colleen Carroll Campbell.”
Colleen’s newest role is anchor of “EWTN News Nightly with Colleen Carroll Campbell,” an international television news program that is filmed near Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The show offers news and commentary from a Catholic perspective to viewers across America and throughout the English-speaking world.
In addition to awards previously mentioned, Colleen was named 2004 Young Alumna of the Year by Marquette University’s College of Arts and Sciences. In 2008, she won the Phillips Foundation’s Distinguished Conservative Leader of the Year Award, which the foundation uses to honor “rising stars in politics and public policy.” In 2013, Colleen received an honorary Doctorate in Communications from Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she served as a commencement speaker. Colleen speaks to audiences across America and beyond and lives with her family near Washington, D.C.
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