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Veteran Journalist Named Editor of Education News Source for Catholic Families

Award-winning Catholic journalist and author Tim Drake has been named Senior Editor and Director of News Operations for The Cardinal Newman Society, charged with the important task of informing Catholic families and clergy about news and trends in Catholic education. He will begin January 23.

“Catholic families have a right to authentic, faithful Catholic education, and for 20 years The Cardinal Newman Society has worked to give them the information they need,” said Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick J. Reilly. “I can’t think of a single person who is better qualified and prepared to improve and expand our operations than Tim Drake. We are thrilled to have him on our team.”

For the past 13 years, Drake has served as features correspondent, editor, staff writer and senior writer with the National Catholic Register. The Register, acquired last year by the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), has long been a leader in Catholic news journalism and one of the best sources for reporting on Catholic education. A series of Register articles on implementation of the mandatum, a canon law requirement for Catholic theology professors, earned Drake the 2003 Ex corde Ecclesiae Award from The Cardinal Newman Society.

Drake will edit The Cardinal Newman Society’s online news reporting at, as well as member communications. With a unique emphasis on Catholic education, The Cardinal Newman Society will continue to share important news with Catholic families and outstanding media outlets including the National Catholic Register, EWTN, Our Sunday Visitor, Catholic World News, Catholic News Agency,, LifeSite News, Life News and others.

“I am absolutely delighted to be utilizing my talents and experience on behalf of The Cardinal Newman Society,” Drake said. “I am fully aware of their critical support for the Church and all that they do to promote and strengthen Catholic identity on college and university campuses. It’s vital work for the future of our campuses, the Church and our country. There’s no other organization like it.”

Drake’s articles have appeared in publications such as Faith and Family magazine, Our Sunday Visitor, Catholic World Report, Catholic Digest, Columbia Magazine, Gilbert! Magazine, This Rock Magazine and many others. He has been a frequent guest on both television and radio, including Vatican Radio, FOX News, Relevant Radio, EWTN and Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s The Catholic Channel. He was co-host of the weekly EWTN radio program “Register Radio.”

Drake has published six books, including Behind Bella: The Amazing Stories of Bella and the Lives It’s Changed(Ignatius Press, 2008), Young and Catholic: The Face of Tomorrow’s Church (Sophia Institute Press, 2004) and Saints of the Jubilee (AuthorHouse, 2002). He has contributed to several others, including The Cardinal Newman Society’s most recent Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.

Among Drake’s awards for his outstanding work include the Aquinas Senior Fellow Award, the Bernadin-O’Connor Award for Pro-Life Journalism, the 1st Books Library Bestseller Award and the Ida B. Davis Ethnic Heritage Writing Award.

Drake also has experience as an educator in both Catholic and public middle and high schools, and as an employee of Hamline University. He earned a Minnesota license to teach social science to grades 7-12.

Founded in 1993, the mission of The Cardinal Newman Society is to promote and defend faithful Catholic education.

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