Editorial, Writing & Communications

An ideal career field for a Christendom graduate

Christendom students write dozens of papers during their time in college, forming arguments and critically analyzing important texts. This training in communicating thoughts and ideas translates perfectly to success in the communications field, whether that by in writing, editing, or publishing — or all of the above.

Graduates can be found across the communications field, working as journalists, op-ed writers, editors, and novelists. No matter what area they focus on, their liberal arts background helps them to thrive.

At Christendom’s Life on Tap alumni networking series, successful editors, writers, and communications specialists have returned to campus to speak on how they used their liberal arts education and the career preparation they received at Christendom to find post-graduate success.

Watch the video recordings below.

 Zach Smith (’14) was formerly the public relations specialist at Christendom College, and then became the director of marketing for the Chris Long Foundation. Smith has since returned to Christendom as the Associate Director of Communications and Marketing. Kayla Newcomb (’16) has been working in the marketing and design realm since graduation, currently as a social media specialist and graphic designer for the Childress Agency in Fredericksburg, VA.

 John Clark (’92) is an author, political speechwriter, book ghostwriter, online course developer, and a weekly blogger for The National Catholic Register. Matt Hadro (’10) was the press secretary for the US House of Representatives and the D.C. correspondent for Catholic News Agency, the digital news arm of EWTN, writing about current political and cultural news for a Catholic audience.

Brian Gallagher (’10) was the director of business intelligence at St. Benedict Press. Lauren (Enk) Mann (’14) was an assistant managing editor for Regnery Publishing in Washington, D.C. and s a freelance writer, with her articles finding publication in Crisis Magazine and Catholic World Report. Ben Hatke (’00) is New York Times bestselling author of the Zita the Spacegirl series.


Peter Jesserer Smith (’09) is a staff reporter for the National Catholic Register and Charlie Spiering (’05) is a history major who works as the White House Correspondent for Breitbart News.


Abigail (Reimel) Gripshover ’16, Bridget Handy ’17, and Riley (Damitz) Lane ’20 returned to campus to share their insights and success in communication.