Katherine Stewart (journalist)

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Katherine Stewart is an American journalist and author. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, Reuters, The Atlantic,[1] Bloomberg View, Newsweek International, Rolling Stone, The New York Observer, The Nation,[2] AlterNet, The Daily Beast, Santa Barbara Magazine, and others.[3][4] Her most recent book, The Good News Club (2012) focuses on religion and public education.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she started her career in journalism working for investigative reporter Wayne Barrett at The Village Voice.


Stewart writes about controversies over religious freedom, separation of church and state, public education, science education, climate science, the public funding of faith-based initiatives,[5] and bullying in schools.

Provoked by the group's push into her children's public school, she wrote The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children (PublicAffairs, 2012).[6][7] Beth Hawkins of MinnPost called it "groundbreaking."[8]

Stewart has also written about the attorney representing the Encinitas, California parents who filed a complaint in 2013 with their county about their school district offering yoga in their children's program had ties to Christian groups with agendas in schools.[9] She has also written about the role of Donald J. Trump's shift on abortion as a factor in his 2016 win.[10]

Stewart has published two novels, The Yoga Mamas (2005) and Class Mothers (2006),[5] with Berkley Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Books. Along with music journalist Evelyn McDonnell, she cowrote a book about the musical Rent in 1997.[11]


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  1. ^ "A Catholic, A Baptist, and A Secular Humanist Walk Into a Soup Kitchen". The Atlantic. June 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Movement to Put a Church in Every School Is Growing". The Nation. January 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Katherine Stewart". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ "Debating the Nones Part 3". religiondispatches.org. December 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Book Review: The Good News Club". Kirkus Reviews. December 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ Brown, Emma (12 March 2016). "These Christian teachers want to bring Jesus into public schools". The Washington Post. 
  7. ^ Heffner, Alexander (24 January 2012). "NONFICTION REVIEW: Book exposes the violation of church and state in schools". Minnesota Star Tribune. 
  8. ^ Hawkins, Beth (22 June 2012). "Katherine Stewart: How Christian clubs in schools turned into faith-based bullying". MinnPost. 
  9. ^ Brown, Matthew (22 February 2013). "Is it just stretching or is it religion? Lawsuit seeks to stop yoga class in public schools". Deseret News. 
  10. ^ Stewart, Katherine (17 November 2016). "Eighty-One Percent of White Evangelicals Voted for Donald Trump. Why?". The Nation. 
  11. ^ Larson, Jonathan, Rent (New York: It Books, 1997)
  12. ^ "Investigative Journalist Named AU's 'Person Of The Year' At Meeting". au.org. December 2014. 

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