About Me

Justin Catanoso

Justin Catanoso is a North Carolina-based journalist with 30 years of experience in covering climate change, health care, economic development and travel.

He is a Pulitzer Prize nominee and winner of the Science-in-Society Award for his coverage of fraud in the tobacco industry in the early 1990s. His current reporting on the impact of climate change, especially in the tropics, is supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, D.C., and the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability at Wake Forest. Recent work has focused on the intersection of faith and environment protection.

He is now a regular correspondent for MongaBay.com, a leading environmental news site online with an international following. He has covered three UN climate summits, in Lima, Peru, in 2014, Paris, France, in 2015, Marrakesh, Morocco, in 2016, and a mid-year climate conference in Bonn, Germany in 2016. 

He has also published travel stories and journalism from the U.S., Italy, Austria, Thailand, Peru, Belize, Canada and France. 

He has worked at daily newspapers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and North Carolina. And his freelance writing has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, BusinessWeek, National Public Radio, National Geographic Daily News, News & Observer of Raleigh, Charlotte Observer, Charlotte Business Journal, News & Record of Greensboro, Global Pulse Magazine.com, BusinessInsider.com, AOL Travel, Elle.com and airline magazines for US Airways and Delta.20111003catanoso4063

After 13 years as founding executive editor of The Business Journal in Greensboro, N.C., he is now a professor of journalism at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C, and directed the program from 2011-2016. He teaches courses in reporting and editing. In summers, since 2014, he leads a course in travel journalism for Wake Forest students. He taught in Rome, Italy, for three years — 2014-2016. The course will move to Peru in summer 2017. His were the first study abroad courses in journalism Wake Forest ever offered. 

In May 2008, William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, published his family memoir in a North American release titled “My Cousin the Saint, A Search for Faith, Family, and Miracles.” It was a Book of the Month Club selection, and recommended summer reading by the Order Sons of Italy in America. Harper Perennial released the book in paperback in 2009.

He has three grown daughters, Emilia, Rosalie and Sophia.

His Wikipedia page.

Email at jcatanoso@gmail.com or on Twitter @jcatanoso

Photos by Ken Bennett of Wake Forest