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Linda K. Wertheimer

Faith Ed.
Linda K. Wertheimer, a veteran journalist and a Grub Street instructor, is the author of Faith Ed, Teaching About Religion In An Age of Intolerance, published by Beacon Press in August 2015. Faith Ed, which grew out of a nonfiction proposal she wrote in a Finding Your Book course at Grub Street, chronicles public schools’ efforts to teach about the world’s religions often in the face of controversy. Linda worked full-time for major metro newspapers for more than 20 years, including serving as education editor of The Boston Globe and as a reporter at The Dallas Morning News and The Orlando Sentinel. In recent years, her writing, including long-form journalism and commentaries, has appeared in the Boston Globe MagazineThe New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today and other publications. Writing awards include second prize in the national nonfiction religion book contest from the Religion News Association for Faith Ed and a second prize from the Education Writers Association. She was a 2014 finalist in the Massachusetts Cultural Council artist fellowship awardsA frequent public speaker, she will be a featured interfaith lecturer in August 2020 at the Chautauqua Institution, where she previously was a prose writer-in-residence. She serves as a mentor-editor for The Op-Ed Project and also as a mentor to new education reporters as part of the Education Writers Association. She’s a journalist by trade who published her first article in a newspaper at age 16, but also is willing to use the word I in writing. She has published numerous personal essays about loss, religion, and at times, parenting, over the past two decades.