Justin Catanoso - Wake Forest University. Winston-Salem, NC, US

Justin Catanoso Justin Catanoso

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting writer and English department senior lecturer | Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC, US
Catanoso specializes in covering climate change globally, with an emphasis on Peru and faith-based initiatives.


As a career journalist for 30 years, Justin Catanoso combines his professional experience and his personal passion to inspire and prepare the next generation of aspiring writers, reporters, producers and editors in the continually evolving media landscape.

Until recently, Catanoso was the executive editor of The Business Journal, which he helped found in 1998 to cover business and economic issues in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina. He received a Pulitzer Prize nomination and a Science in Society Journalism Award for his investigative reporting into fraud in the tobacco industry for the Greensboro News & Record. His work has been featured in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Los Angeles Times, Houston Chronicle, Catholic Digest and on National Public Radio.

As author of My Cousin the Saint: A Search for Faith, Family and Miracles, Catanoso is also one of America’s leading experts on Catholic saints and the saint-making process after discovering a cousin of his grandfather, Padre Gaetano Catanoso, was a pious southern Italian parish priest later canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.

Catanoso joined Wake Forest as a visiting lecturer in 1993. Currently he is incorporating new technologies and techniques into the journalism curriculum to give students the practical, critical thinking and writing skills to excel in the demanding and ever-changing field.

Catanoso's reporting is sponsored by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Areas of Expertise (7)

Journalism 24-Hour News Cycle Evolving Media Landscape Investigative Reporting NC Business and Economic Issues Catholic Saints and Saint-Making Travel Writing



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Education (2)

Wake Forest University: M.A., Liberal Studies 1993

Pennsylvania State University: B.A., Journalism 1982

Media Appearances (6)

Conference critical for implementing climate change plans



Host Frank Stasio discusses the state of the climate with reporter Justin Catanoso, professor of journalism at Wake Forest University.

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Wake Forest experts say Paris climate talks will lead to an agreement

Winston-Salem Journal  


Justin Catanoso, the director of WFU’s journalism program and who covered the Lima climate talks in 2014, also said it’s likely that world leaders will agree upon a plan to reduce emissions in Paris this week.

“No one (country) is promising more than what they can do,” Catanoso said.

Knox and Catanoso plan to attend the Paris conference...

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Justin Catanoso: Pope may influence climate talks



Braving the threat of more terrorist attacks, leaders from 196 countries gather in Paris tomorrow under heavy security for the 21st annual attempt by the United Nations to cope with what virtually every climate scientist believes is a looming, self-induced calamity for humanity...

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The Weekender: The Hacker Edition

Triad City Beat  


The Conference of Parties brings CEOs and powerful minds from all over the world together to discuss climate change. Miles Silman, John Knox and Justin Catanoso (a biologist, lawyer and journalist, respectively) are Wake Forest faculty members who attended last year’s conference in Peru. They’ll discuss the trajectory various countries are on and what exactly will go on in this year’s conference in Paris...

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Justin Catanoso examines pope's influence on climate change conversation

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting  


Justin Catanoso, journalism program director at Wake Forest University, brings his Pulitzer Center-supported reporting on the Pope and his impact on the conversation surrounding climate change to Westchester Community College on November 12 and 13 as part of a two-day Campus Consortium visit. Catanoso is one of several Pulitzer Center grantees whose reporting on climate change issues took place in the run-up to the December 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP 21, set for Paris...

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Saving Eden: Francis exerts his moral authority

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting  


Pope Francis has issued an encyclical on a topic of global significance: saving the planet from climate change. His audience is not simply 1.2 billion Catholics. He implores everyone, everywhere on how and why to "care for our common home."

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