The National Catholic Reporter has named Christopher White as its new national correspondent. He succeeds Heidi Schlumpf, who was named executive editor of the publication in March.
White previously served as national correspondent at Crux, where he covered the intersection of the U.S. and global church, politics and culture. In that position, White reported from dioceses across the United States and filed from 15 countries. He also regularly reported on the Vatican from Rome and has traveled on the papal plane with Pope Francis.
Recently, White broke the story of an off-the-record conversation between President Donald Trump and U.S. Catholic leaders that sparked a national conversation about the longstanding ties between the institutional church and the Republican Party.
“Chris is a rising star among Catholic journalists, and we at NCR are excited for him to continue his career here,” said Schlumpf. “His coverage of the church, politics and culture — with a special attention to the marginalized — will fit well with our publication’s mission.”
White’s reporting has been cited in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Los Angeles Times and many other state and local papers. He also has appeared on CNN, BBC, RTE, NPR and other television and radio outlets. He speaks regularly at conferences and other venues.
A convert to Catholicism, White was raised in South Carolina as an evangelical Christian. He earned a bachelor’s degree in politics, philosophy and economics from The King’s College in New York and a master’s degree in ethics and society from Fordham University. He is a former director at Catholic Voices USA and former director of research and education for the Center for Bioethics and Culture.
White will be based in New York City and will begin as national correspondent June 15. His Twitter handle is @cwwhite212.