Welcome our new Practitioner Expert in residence

November 2014

Chris Herlinger has joined our Practitioner Expert Program. Chris is the senior writer for the humanitarian agency Church World Service and a contributing writer to National Catholic Reporter and its Global Sisters Report. He is the author, or co-author, of three books on humanitarian themes — including Where Mercy Fails: Darfur’s Struggle to Survive and Rubble Nation: Haiti’s Pain, Haiti’s Promise — and is working on a fourth, focused on global hunger. His reporting for Religion News Service has appeared in The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, among other publications, and his other freelance reporting has appeared in The Christian Century, the Harvard Divinity Bulletin, America and Commonweal. Chris has worked as a writer for CWS for nearly 18 years, following studies at Union Theological Seminary as a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow, earning an M.A. degree. He also holds a master’s degree in international relations at Cambridge University. A graduate of Macalester College, Chris has also been a resident fellow at Harvard Divinity School. He has won numerous writing awards from the Religious Communicators Council, the Associated Church Press, Catholic Relief Services and the Catholic Press Association. He has reported on humanitarian issues from numerous locales including, most recently, the Chaco region of Argentina and Bolivia, and South Sudan and Uganda. Earlier assignments included Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Haiti, Sudan, Chad, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Liberia, Indonesia and the Balkans.

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