Cathleen Falsani is an award-winning religion journalist and author, specializing in the intersection of faith and culture. Her books include the critically acclaimed The God Factor, Sin Boldly, The Dude Abides, BELIEBER, and Disquiet Time (coedited with Jennifer Grant).
Falsani is a longtime correspondent for Religion News Service and a featured writer for Sojourners, where she was the director of new media from 2010 to 2012. She was the religion writer and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times from 2000 to 2010, and also was the Faith & Values Columnist for the Orange County Register. Falsani's work has appeared in myriad print, broadcast, and digital media, including the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Toronto Star, Christianity Today, Christian Century, Rolling Stone, The Harvard Divinity School Bulletin, CNN, The Atlantic, NPR, and the BBC World Service, among many others.
In addition to her work covering religion in the United States and abroad, Falsani has written extensively about global poverty, AIDS and HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, and other issues affecting the developing world. Her reporting in this arena has taken her to Nepal, Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zanzibar, Kenya, Tanzania, Haiti, Mexico, and the West Indies. In 2005, Falsani received the James O. Supple Religion Writer of the Year award from Religion Newswriters Association, and she twice has been a finalist for the Templeton Religion Reporter of the Year award. She serves as a member of the advisory board for Girls and Women at the ONE Campaign.
A graduate of Wheaton College, Falsani holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master's degree in theological studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She lives in Southern California with her husband, the journalist and author Maurice Possley, and their son.