About

Nice to see you here! I’m Cat Knarr, religion writer, bookworm, and creative storyteller. I write for publications like Christianity Today, the Huffington Post, RELEVANT, and the Covenant Companion.

Where I’m From

I live in city of Chicago with my husband Ben and our dog Luna. My maiden name was Catherine Newhouse, and I grew up in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton. I’ve also lived in Columbia, Missouri and St. Louis.

Where I Studied

I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri with three Bachelor’s degrees in:

– Magazine Journalism
– Religious Studies
– International Studies with an emphasis in Peace Studies

Where I’ve Reported

My journalism background has led me to many rich stories about race and religion. These stories have taken me to….

Inner-city Chicago (writing for The Chicago Reporter and UrbanFaith)
Kigali, Rwanda (writing for Christianity Today magazine)
Ferguson, Missouri (writing for Christianity Today)
– And of course, my college town of Columbia, Missouri (writing for the Columbia Missourian, Columbia Faith & Values, The Maneater student newspaper, and Christianity Today).

While studying abroad in Rwanda, I visited many local churches and found that some survivors of the 1994 genocide had sought healing in the booming Pentecostal and charismatic churches. I wrote a story about the country’s religious transformation for Christianity Today. I listened to genocide survivors tell of the horrors they had endured…and of the redemption they found in the end. It was one of the hardest but most rewarding stories I’ve ever written.

What Else I’ve Written

I’ve also reported for Christianity Today on Ferguson residents who are rebuilding their city and the spirituality of non-collegebound Millennials. One of my most popular online articles has been “8 Secrets to Building a Stunning LinkedIn Profile” in the Huffington Post.

In the past, I’ve written about race, religion, and criminal justice for investigative newsmagazine The Chicago Reporter and news website UrbanFaith.com.

Where It All Began

My interest in religion writing and international news dates back to high school, when I became a contributing writer for CT’s Ignite Your Faith magazine and the global issues blogger for Teen Ink. In college, I quickly picked up the religion beat for our student newspaper The Maneater and later reported on many stories about race or religion for the Columbia Missourian. I love writing about faith, diversity, and social justice.

See My Work

Hover over the “Portfolio” tab to read articles I’ve written and see books I’ve edited.

Reach Out

I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to email me here, or tweet at me here: @CatKnarr.

Read the story behind my journey: “Growing in Faith and Craft,” Christianity Today