Patton Dodd named editor-in-chief of On Faith by FaithStreet & Washington Post Company
Dodd is a veteran of religion media, having served as executive editor of Patheos and senior editor of Beliefnet
NEW YORK & WASHINGTON – October 18, 2013 — FaithStreet today announced it has hired Patton Dodd as editor-in-chief of On Faith, The Washington Post’s popular religion website. Last summer, The Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO) made an investment in FaithStreet that included the contribution of On Faith to FaithStreet. Dodd will take over the editorial direction of On Faith, while the Post’s Sally Quinn will remain founding editor and continue to work closely with the site.
We’re going to reimagine what covering religion can look like,” Dodd said. “I’ve read On Faith for years, and I’m thrilled about the future of this site. The partnership with FaithStreet and its deep connection to local communities of various faiths will give us an on-the-ground perspective of what’s happening with religious people in this country.”
Dodd will oversee a transition in the editorial mission of On Faith, whose content will continue to include religion news and commentary by religious leaders from across the faith traditions. The scope of the new On Faith will be announced early next year.
Dodd, who holds a doctorate in religion and literature from Boston University, is a veteran of religion media, having served as executive editor of Patheos and senior editor of Beliefnet. He ran the ebook company Bondfire Books, and his writing on American religious culture has appeared in a range of leading publications, including The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, Slate, the Financial Times, Christianity Today, Books & Culture, and many others. Dodd’s work has been featured in many local and national media outlets, from National Public Radio and ESPN Radio to The Sean Hannity Show.
Quinn said, “We could not possibly have hoped for a better choice as editor-in-chief for the new On Faith than Patton Dodd.”
FaithStreet CEO Sean Coughlin said, “Patton Dodd is likely the most qualified person for this position. He’s the best person to lead the new On Faith and a tremendous addition to the FaithStreet team. He has the talent and experience to create an innovative, important religion media experience that drives FaithStreet’s mission.”