Terry Mattingly

Senior Fellow in Media and Religion

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Terry Mattingly is in his 31st year writing the nationally syndicated weekly “On Religion” column for the Universal syndicate, which goes out to about 300 North American newspapers and websites. He is also founder and editor of the GetReligion.org project critiquing religion-news coverage in the mainstream press. He was the founder of the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, which in 2015 was rebooted at The King’s College as part of the John McCandlish Phillips Journalist Institute.

Mattingly double-majored in journalism and history at Baylor University and then earned an M.A. at Baylor in Church-State Studies and an M.S. in communications at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. After working as a reporter, editor and columnist in Champaign, Ill., Charlotte, N.C., and Denver, he began teaching as Communicator on Culture at Denver Seminary. He taught journalism and mass media at Milligan College and Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Mattingly is a prodigal Texan who has never met a mountain that he didn’t love. He is a music fanatic whose interests range from Celtic acoustic guitar to Russian chant. His wife, Debra Bridges Mattingly, is a public librarian and they have two grown children, Sarah Jeanne Wagner, and Frye Lewis Mattingly. The Mattinglys are members of St. Anne’s Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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