Justin

Catanoso

MA '93

Director of Journalism, Senior Lecturer

Professor of Practice

Justin Catanoso is a North Carolina-based journalist with 30 years of experience in covering climate change, health care, economic development and travel. He is a regular correspondent for MongaBay, a leading environmental news online site with an international following. 

Catanoso is a professor of Journalism and Associate Professor of the Practice at Wake Forest University. He has served as the Director of Journalism since 2011. He teaches courses in reporting and editing, and serves as adviser to the student newspaper. Since 2014, he has lead a summer course in international reporting for Wake Forest students. He taught in Rome, Italy, for three years — 2014-2016. The course moved to the Peruvian Amazon in summer 2017. His were the first study abroad courses in journalism that Wake Forest had ever offered.

Contact

Office: C313 Tribble Hall

Phone: (336) 758-3914

Email: catanojj@wfu.edu

Education

M.A. in Liberal Studies from Wake Forest University (1989-1993)

B.A. in Journalism from Penn State University (1978-1982)

Areas of Interest

Reporting, writing and editing

Regional economic development and commentary

Travel writing

Courses Taught at Wake Forest

Jou 272 Editing

Jou 282 Investigative reporting

Jou 284 Magazine writing

Eng 110 Composition

Selected Publications

My Cousin the Saint, A Search for Faith, Family, and Miracles (William Morrow/HarperCollins). North American release May 2008; paperback release through Harper Perennial, June 2009.

“Last Dive on Steel Pier,” The New York Times, commentary, Oct. 15, 2006.

A Saint in the Family” Ambassador, a quarterly publication of the National Italian American Foundation, Spring 2006.

“Our cousin, the saint,” National Public Radio commentary, Morning Edition, Oct. 21, 2005

“A Saint in our Family,” Catholic Digest, November 2005.

Miracles Happen: A writer finds he’s blessed in more ways than one when he meets his family in Italy,” Attaché magazine, June 2004

Additional Resources

Mr. Catanoso’s website

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Catanoso

MA '93

Director of Journalism, Senior Lecturer

Professor of Practice

Justin Catanoso is a North Carolina-based journalist with 30 years of experience in covering climate change, health care, economic development and travel. He is a regular correspondent for MongaBay, a leading environmental news online site with an international following. 

Catanoso is a professor of Journalism and Associate Professor of the Practice at Wake Forest University. He has served as the Director of Journalism since 2011. He teaches courses in reporting and editing, and serves as adviser to the student newspaper. Since 2014, he has lead a summer course in international reporting for Wake Forest students. He taught in Rome, Italy, for three years — 2014-2016. The course moved to the Peruvian Amazon in summer 2017. His were the first study abroad courses in journalism that Wake Forest had ever offered.

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