USC Dornsife College Of Letters Arts and Sciences

University of Southern California

Monique is a radio producer and editor who specializes in stories about religion. In 2019, she helped edit Religion & Politics, an online journal sponsored by the John C. Danforth Center at Washington University in St. Louis.  Her 2017 radio documentary, An American Mosque, followed one community’s quest to build a thriving Muslim community center in the suburbs of Chicago. Supported by grants from the Gruber Foundation and a Ford Foundation Knight Fellowship for Reporting on Religion in American Public Life, the documentary aired on WBEZ Chicago and the podcast Interfaith Voices and won a Wilbur Award from The Religion Communicators Council.  Monique has reported on gender inclusion in mosques,  Muslim politicians and entrepreneurs, interfaith chaplains and more for the NPR news programs Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Day to Day. Monique grew up on an avocado farm in Southern California, and her journalism career began in the newsrooms of small and medium-sized newspapers in California and New Jersey. She holds degrees from Princeton University, Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and Harvard Divinity School.

Monique Parsons