USC Dornsife College Of Letters Arts and Sciences

University of Southern California

Diane Winston holds the Knight Chair in Media and Religion at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. A national authority on religion and the media, her expertise includes religion, politics and the news media as well as religion and the entertainment media. A journalist and a scholar, Winston’s current research interests are media coverage of Islam, religion and new media, and the place of religion in American identity.

Between 1983 and 1995, Winston covered religion at the Raleigh News and Observer, the Dallas Times Herald and the Baltimore Sun and contributed regularly to the Dallas Morning News. She has won numerous press association awards and was nominated for a Pulitzer for her work in Raleigh, Dallas and Baltimore. More recently Winston developed the Faith Front column at the Los Angeles Times and has written for the Huffington Post. Her articles also have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the Chronicle of Higher Education. She currently writes about religion and media twice a week at

She is the author of Red Hot and Righteous: The Urban Religion of the Salvation Army (Harvard, 1999), Faith in the Market: Religion and Urban Commercial Culture (Rutgers, 2003) and Small Screen, Picture: Lived Religion and Television (Baylor, 2009). Her current project looks at religion, the news media and American identity.

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Diane Winston