Andy Rooney: "I'm a writer who reads what he's written"

In his final commentary Sunday night, the celebrated grouch looked back at his 70-year career. Andy’s part of the last generation of journalists who genuinely cared about words, and who prided themselves first and foremost on being writers — not broadcasters or personalities, but writers.  He’s an anachronism now:  an analog man in a digital [Read More...]

"Let's get out there and scratch that surface!"

When I first joined CBS News in 1982, typing and answering phones in the Washington bureau, one of the first calls I picked up was from New York, from a producer who said his name was “Elaine Benardos.”  Well, it was my first day on the job, and that was my first big blunder.   It [Read More...]

How is the New York Times like the Catholic Church?

Departing Executive Editor of the paper Bill Keller — who was raised Catholic — has a provocative thought or two: “My parents took their faith very seriously — especially my mother, who had the fervor of a convert (from Episcopalian). My brothers and I had nuns and priests as our teachers through high school, and [Read More...]

Kudos! — UPDATED

“These are untold stories, rich with the sort of confluence of religion, history, culture and nationalism that reveal true complexity.  The writing pulls from multiple sources in ways that allow us to feel as if we’re not seeing a single tile in a great mosaic, but the entire mosaic itself.  These are a triumph of [Read More...]

RIP, Joe Feuerherd

Sad news from the world of Catholic media: Joseph A. Feuerherd, whose journalism career began as a college intern in the Washington Bureau of the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) and concluded with his service as Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of that award-winning publication, died Thursday morning (May 26) at Casey House, a hospice facility in Rockville, [Read More...]

How not to run a newsroom

This comes from the legendary (some might say, infamous) Larry McCoy, my old boss at CBS News Radio. Words to live by: Now that I’ve been retired for five years I’m ready to offer some tips to current and future managers on what not to do when running a newsroom. …Wind-up toys, especially those of [Read More...]

Coming to Philly: "Phaith"

Another big change in the Catholic media landscape, as a venerable Philadelphia newspaper goes from a weekly to a monthly: Beginning in September local Catholics will have a new publication to look for in their mailboxes. Phaith — a monthly magazine — will be mailed free of charge to every registered Catholic home in the [Read More...]

A little news

A few people have wondered about the new job I alluded to in this post. Well briefly: earlier this month I decided to step away from the world of broadcasting, and  NET in Brooklyn, to return to my roots in print. I accepted an offer to become the new Executive Editor of ONE, the acclaimed [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: the press under attack in Egypt

An image from Cairo this week, below… SIPA Press agency photojournalist Alfred Yaghobzadeh is treated by anti-government protesters after being wounded during clashes in Cairo. (Photo by AP) Read more here. [Read more...]


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