Cathleen Falsani

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Cathleen Falsani
Born (1970-09-25) September 25, 1970 (age 47)
Education Graduate of Wheaton College, master's degrees from Northwestern University and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Occupation Journalist, author, blogger
Spouse(s) Maurice Possley

Cathleen Falsani (born September 25, 1970) is an American journalist, author and blogger. She is religion columnist who has written for The Orange County Register in Southern California and the Chicago Sun Times. Falsani is the author of several non-fiction books on religious, spiritual, and cultural issues.

She was the 2005 Religion Writer of the Year, as awarded by the Religion Newswriters Association.


Falsani graduated from Wheaton College in 1992, and holds master's degrees in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and in theological studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.{{cite[1] }} She was born into a Roman Catholic family of Irish and Italian descent, but her parents left the Catholic church when she was 10 years old. With her younger brother, she was reared as evangelical Protestants from grade school forward, largely in a Southern Baptist church in Fairfield, Connecticut. Falsani attended Christian Heritage School, an evangelical Christian prep school in Trumbull, Connecticut, matriculating in 1988. She pursued undergraduate studies at Wheaton College in Illinois, the evangelical Christian school that also counts the Reverend Billy Graham among its alumni.[2]


Falsani is the author of The God Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People, a collection of 32 spiritual profiles of famous "culture shapers" including Bono, Elie Wiesel, Anne Rice, Hakeem Olajuwon. Falsani's first book, it was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2006, launching Sarah Crichton Books, a new imprint of the publisher. It was named among the best non-fiction books of 2006 by the Christian Science Monitor.[3]

In early 2007, Falsani left the Chicago Sun-Times as its religion reporter after 10 years, but continued on as the paper's religion columnist until Jan 13, 2010.[4] She wrote, Sin Boldly: A Field Guide For Grace (2008) a spiritual memoir and travelogue and The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers (2009), both published by Zondervan.

Falsani has been a columnist for the Religion News Service and a columnist and contributing editor at Sojourners magazine.[5][unreliable source?] She also was Web Editor and Director of New Media for Sojourners from 2011 to 2012. Cathleen worked for The Orange County Register from 2013 to 2014.

Since 2004, she has been the author of a religion-and-popular culture blog called "The Dude Abides".[6]

Interview with Obama on religion[edit]

In March 2004, Falsani conducted an interview with Barack Obama. At the time of the interview, Obama was a state senator from Illinois and democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in the 2004 election.[7][unreliable source?] The interview focused on Obama's religious beliefs and spiritual predilections.[7][unreliable source?]


Falsani was born and raised in Connecticut. Since 1997, Falsani has been married to Maurice Possley a former Chicago Tribune investigative reporter and author. The couple has a son adopted from Malawi in 2010 and they live in Laguna Beach, California.


  • The God Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2006. ISBN 0374163812. 
  • Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace. Zondervan. 2008. ISBN 9780310279471. 
  • The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers. Zondervan. 2009. ISBN 9780310292463. 
  • Belieber!: Fame, Faith and the Heart of Justin Bieber. Worthy Publishing. 2011. ISBN 9781936034772. 
  • Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels. Jericho/Hachette. 2014. ISBN 1455578827. 


  1. ^ Falsani, Cathleen. "About". Wordpress. Archived from the original on October 30, 2014. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ Falsani, Cathleen (2008). Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan. ISBN 031027947X. 
  3. ^ Armstrong, Karen (November 28, 2006). "Best nonfiction 2006". Christian Science Monitor. 
  4. ^ Rosenthal, Phil (2010-01-15). "Brief update on end of Cathleen Falsani's Sun-Times religion column". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  5. ^ Vogt, George (2010-08-06). "Dominican University presents lecture with Cathleen Falsani". (blog). Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
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  7. ^ a b Waldman, Steven (2008-11-11). "Obama's fascinating interview with Cathleen Falsani". (blog). Beliefnet. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 


Gordon, Dick (2009-06-12). "Vasco's Heart". The Story with Dick Gordon. American Public Media. NPR. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 

Gordon, Dick (2010-11-03). "Surviving the midterms". The Story with Dick Gordon. American Public Media. NPR. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 

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