Justin Catanoso (My Cousin the Saint, A Search for Faith, Family and Miracles)

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Justin Catanoso is a newspaper journalist, a university lecturer and the author of the memoir My Cousin the Saint. He is a native of North Wildwood, NJ, and considered only one college after high school – Penn State. It‟s a family tradition. When he graduated from Penn State in 1982 with a BA in journalism, he became the fourth member of his family to earn a Penn State diploma. His father, Leonard, graduated in 1943, and his older brothers, Len Jr. and Alan, graduated in 1973 and 1977.

Justin wrote for The Daily Collegian for four years, covering sports, arts and politics. He was a weekly columnist his senior year – the year the Collegian was named by Sigma Delta Chi as the best college newspaper in America.

Justin began his newspaper career with the Centre Daily Times. He later worked for The Knoxville Journal in Tennessee and then the Greensboro News & Record in North Carolina. In 1993, his pioneering reporting into fraud in the tobacco industry for the News & Record earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for public service. In 1998, Justin left daily newspapers to become the founding executive editor of The Business Journal, where he still directs a staff in its weekly business coverage of the Triad region of North Carolina.

In 1993, he received a master of arts in liberal studies from Wake Forest University, and since then, has been a visiting lecturer in journalism, teaching course in reporting, writing and editing.

My Cousin the Saint – some of which is set here on campus – was published by HarperCollins in May 2008 and was released in paperback last June. It is Justin‟s first book.


Bill Whittaker
State College, Pennsylvania
Mar 24, 2010

Very good book! Excellent insight into the Catanoso family. I have been in Florida for the past two months and could not be home at Penn State to see my teammate Lenny’s brother, Justin. I am very disapointed I missed the lecture.
Good luck Justin, on the next book.

sara van artsdalen
santa cruz, ca
Mar 30, 2010

I just saw this book the other day in the book store and it looked really interesting. I plan on going back to buy it tomorrow. I miss all my Italian friends and family in NJ and reading this book will help bring back the memories.

Bill Whittaker
State College, Pennsylvania
Apr 15, 2010

I could not be home in State College to hear Justin’s lecture but thankfully I did get to listen to the tape. My wife is Italian and I am an Italian wanna-be, but I do have an Italian stomach. I enjoyed the lecture as much as the book. Congratulations Justin and good luck in the future.

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