New York, N.Y. (August 27, 2014) – Father Matt Malone, S.J., editor in chief of America, announced today the appointment of Elizabeth Tenety as Engagement and Community Editor for America. Elizabeth is an award-winning religion editor and writer and the former editor of On Faith, then the popular blog about religion and politics at the The Washington Post. In her new role, she will be responsible for cultivating conversation across America’s digital platforms, building an online community and helping America fulfill its stated goal of providing a forum for a diverse range of faithful, Catholic voices while maintaining a spirit of charity. In addition to her online engagement and community building work, Elizabeth will also make regular contributions to America’s blogs and other digital platforms.
Ms. Tenety’s appointment fulfills a promise Father Malone made to readers last year in his editorial essay “Pursuing the Truth in Love.” In that essay, Malone wrote “America will appoint a community editor who will moderate our public conversation, ensuring that it rises to the standards we set for thoughtfulness and charity.” “We are delighted to welcome Liz to America,” said Father Malone. “Her unique religion beat experience at The Washington Post building and managing a dynamic online community conversation about faith, as well as her journalistic expertise as a writer and editor, will make important contributions to our growing multi-platform readership.”
At the Post, Tenety was responsible for editing and producing the organization’s digital news and analysis on religion, including as editor of the “Divine Impulses” religion interview series. Her more recent work includes front page reporting on Pope Francis, a live-streamed Google interview in advance of Supreme Court hearings on gay marriage and analysis of women's roles in the Catholic Church.
She studied theology and government at Georgetown University and received her master’s degree in reporting and writing from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She and her husband are the parents of two young boys.