Archbishop Carlson Announces 2018 Excellence in Communication Award Recipient

May 10, 2018
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ST. LOUIS – Author and journalist Colleen Carroll Campbell has been selected as the 2018 Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Excellence in Communication Award recipient. The award is a way for the Archdiocese of St. Louis to recognize the important role of the media and communications professionals as they work to inspire positive change in response to the significant issues facing our society today. This is the sixth annual presentation of the award.

Campbell’s journalism credits include contributions to the New York Times, Washington Post, Christianity Today, First Things, America magazine, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she has served as a reporter, editorialist and op-ed columnist. She has made appearances on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, ABC News, PBS, and NPR. She has served as executive producer and anchor of EWTN News Nightly with Colleen Carroll Campbell, a television newscast airing worldwide on EWTN, the world’s largest religious media network, and as creator and host of EWTN’s Faith & Culture television and radio interview show. In 2013, Campbell anchored EWTN’s live television coverage of the historic election and installation of Pope Francis in Rome.

Campbell won a Novak Journalism Fellowship to write her first book, “The New Faithful,” in 2002. In 2012, she published “My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir,” which won two national awards, has sold more than 90,000 copies in English, and has been published in Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and as an audiobook. In addition to numerous other accomplishments throughout her career, she served as a speechwriter for President George W. Bush and became a member of the editorial board at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at age 24. Her journalism work has earned her two honorary doctorates and numerous other awards. Her third book, “Holy Perfectionists," will be published by Simon & Schuster in May 2019.

Campbell currently lives in St. Louis with her husband and four children, whom she homeschools. Her website is

Campbell joins an impressive list of award recipients, including KMOX reporter Fred Bodimer, former KSDK meteorologist Mike Roberts, the late media icon Martin Duggan, and St. Louis media personality Wendy Wiese. Campbell will be honored at ceremony with Archbishop Robert J. Carlson on Monday, May 14, immediately preceding the annual Communications Colloquium, hosted by the archdiocesan Office of Communications and Planning at the Cardinal Rigali Center.

For more information about the award and to see a complete list of previous winners, visit