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Justin Catanoso
Born November 5, 1959 (1959-11-05) (age 50)
Nationality American
Occupation Journalism

Justin Catanoso (born November 5, 1959) is the author of My Cousin the Saint -- A Search for Faith, Family and Miracles, the executive editor of The Business Journal, and an adjunct lecturer of journalism at Wake Forest University.

Published by William Morrow and Company in 2008, My Cousin the Saint is about Catanoso's "journey in search of faith and family"[1] after discovering Gaetano Catanoso, a cousin of the author's grandfather, was a pious Italian parish priest, later canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.

The book was published in paperback by Harper Perennial in 2009 with the revised subtitle "A Story of Love, Miracles, and an Italian Family Reunited--A Story of Love, Miracles, and an Italian Family Reunited." [2]

Previously Catanoso delivered a commentary about his cousin on National Public Radio's Morning Edition.[3]

Catanoso is also the executive editor of The Business Journal, a weekly business and economics newspaper covering the Piedmont Triad region. He helped found the paper in 1998 after spending 11 years at the Greensboro News & Record.

In 1992 his investigative reporting for the News & Record into fraud in the tobacco industry earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination, a Science in Society Journalism Award from the National Association of Science Writers, and Medical Writer of the Year in North Carolina.

Before moving to Greensboro, North Carolina, Catanoso had the police and courts beat for The Knoxville Journal for two years.

At Wake Forest, Catanoso teaches editing, investigative reporting, magazine writing, and composition. He also is involved with the Old Gold & Black, the award-winning weekly student newspaper, where he coaches writers and advises editors.

Catanoso earned a BA in journalism from Pennsylvania State University in 1982 and a Masters of Arts from Wake Forest in 1993. He grew up in North Wildwood, New Jersey.

He is married to Laurelyn Dossett, a member of the folk band Polecat Creek. They have three daughters.

On Friday morning on WFDD, Catanoso does the Business Report.


  1. NPR: Our Cousin, the Saint
  2. Justin Catanoso: The Book


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