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New Catholic reporters, digital editor bring experience and passion to OSV News

Gina Christian, Kate Scanlon and Megan Marley

Three more Catholic journalists are bringing their talents, news experience and passion for the Catholic faith to OSV News, the news agency being launched by OSV in the wake of the announcement that Catholic News Service will discontinue stateside operations in December.

Joining the OSV News team are Gina Christian and Kate Scanlon as national news reporters, and Megan Marley as digital editor. They join a team that will include CNS veterans as well as other experienced Catholic journalists from national and diocesan Catholic media.

“Gina, Kate and Megan each bring a wealth of experience, talent and energy to their new roles,” said Editor-in-Chief Gretchen Crowe, who leads the OSV News team. “In their different positions, they will ensure that the content created for OSV News will be accurate, informed, unbiased and faithful. We are blessed to have them as a part of our growing team.”

Gina Christian is a multimedia journalist and podcaster who covered local and national news as senior content producer for CatholicPhilly.com, the digital newspaper of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

As a Catholic journalist, Christian has brought to readers the stories of the Church’s social service ministries in action, particularly those addressing addiction, homelessness, immigration, food insecurity, at-risk youth and pro-life outreach.

Additionally, Christian’s work has focused on telling the stories of Ukrainian Catholics and the Eastern Catholic Churches, and explored Jewish-Catholic relations and Eucharistic spirituality.

Christian holds a master’s degree in theology from La Salle University and a second master’s degree in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. She will be reporting from Philadelphia.

“I’m blessed to join this experienced and inspired team of Catholic journalists,” Christian said. “Never before has Catholic journalism been more critically needed, and OSV News is entering the media ecosystem at a graced moment — one that calls us to draw on precision, passion and charity in telling the Catholic Church’s story.”

Kate Scanlon joins OSV News as a national news reporter with a dedicated focus on covering news and events in Washington, D.C., and how they impact Catholics today. Scanlon brings with her nearly a decade of experience as a political journalist for Catholic and secular outlets, including EWTN Newsand the Washington Examiner.

She has covered a wide variety of topics of interest to Catholic faithful, including religious freedom, abortion and the death penalty. At EWTN News, Scanlon served as a producer for multiple shows in its Washington, D.C., bureau, before advancing to the position of political affairs correspondent for the weekly, internationally broadcast news show “EWTN News In-Depth.” In 2021, Scanlon joined the Washington Examiner as a political reporter covering Congress.

She is a graduate of Saint Vincent College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communication, and currently lives in Washington, D.C. 

“I’m so excited for the opportunity to join OSV News to cover Washington,” Scanlon said. “I am very much looking forward to being part of a team that will provide the faithful with clear and accurate coverage that both informs and inspires.”

Both Christian and Scanlon will work closely with OSV News national news and features editor Peter Jesserer Smith, formerly of the National Catholic Register, in covering news and events in North America.

“Gina and Kate both have the right combination of expertise, experience and vision that we were looking for in our first OSV News reporters,” Smith said. “I’m delighted to work with them as we work to tell the stories from the heart of the Church that will inform and inspire OSV News readers to live out their own mission as followers of Jesus Christ.

As OSV News digital editor, Megan Marley joins the team having spent six years working in communications for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri, most recently as communications manager, and with a track record of innovative excellence.

In that role, Marley facilitated the diocese’s transition to a new website and relaunched the diocese’s and bishop’s social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Marley also developed written, graphic and video resources for various diocesan-wide communications, including photographing most of its 98 parishes and missions to establish a communications community.

In the past two years alone, Marley helped the diocese launch a new magazine, Catholic Key, refresh the magazine’s website and increase the diocese’s social media impact by more than 200%. A journalism and communications graduate of Benedictine College, Marley lives in the Kansas City metro area with her husband and son.

“My work in this field has always been a pursuit of the truth about the Truth, and communicating that in whatever format I have at hand — with websites, articles, social media, photos, communications planning and more,” Marley said. “It’s how I answer the baptismal call to ‘go make all disciples.’ I look forward to working with the OSV News team in facing exciting new challenges and bringing quality Catholic news to our audience.”

The three journalists join the team following OSV’s announcement in September that CNS veteransJulie Asher, John Mulderig and Bob Roller would be coming on board OSV News, as well as national and diocesan Catholic media powerhouses Elizabeth Scalia and Maria Wiering.

OSV News will go live at the start of 2023 to provide national and international news, analysis, editorials, commentary and features, as well as formational materials, from a Catholic perspective every day.

OSV, the parent company of OSV News, was founded in 1912 by Father John Francis Noll. Its flagship publication, Our Sunday Visitor, has been published weekly for 110 years. Father Noll, who became bishop of what is now the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, and who was later named an honorary archbishop for his service to the Catholic media in the United States and internationally, was an early supporter of CNS and of the Catholic Press Association (now the Catholic Media Association). In the mid-20th century, OSV was instrumental in helping numerous dioceses establish their own newspapers, many of which were printed in OSV’s current Huntington, Indiana, headquarters.

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