BIOGRAPHY

CATHERINE EDWARDS SANDERS' love of writing and books began when she was a child. Born in England to an English father and an American mother, Catherine grew up in both countries and attended secondary school in Oxford, England and Virginia. She graduated from Wake Forest University with degrees in History and French, with honors in History. As an undergraduate at Wake Forest, she studied at the University of Burgundy in France and later won a Spire's grant to assist with architectural research in Auxerre, France.

Catherine's first full-time journalism job was at the Weekly Standard magazine, which was launched in 1995. After a year at the Standard, Catherine became, at age 23, the producer of Janet Parshall's America, a talk radio program syndicated nationally with the Salem Radio Network. The program aired live for 4 hours daily on a variety of topics such as faith, politics, cultural and social issues. As the producer, Catherine was responsible for 20 hours of programming a week. She covered regional news events, booked guests, and traveled nationally with the program.

In 1999, Catherine moved to Insight, the magazine of the Washington Times where she was a general assignment features reporter. She wrote about religion, culture, politics, sex trafficking, and international affairs. Her reporting took her to Oman, Kuwait, Morocco, Western Sahara, Europe and various domestic locations. While at the magazine, she was a finalist for the Pew Fellowship in International Journalism. Her religion reporting on Christianity and Wicca generated numerous radio interviews.

In 2001, Catherine was admitted to the London School of Economics to pursue graduate studies in History. She was also awarded a $50,000 Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellowship to further her research and writing about Wicca and neo-Paganism's growth in the United States. She opted to pursue the fellowship and traveled nationally, interviewing Wiccans and Pagans. Her research culminated in the publication of her first book, Wicca's Charm: Understanding the Spiritual Hunger Behind the Rise of Modern Witchcraft and Pagan Spirituality, published in September 2005 by WaterBrook Press' Shaw Imprint, a division of Random House, Inc. Her research has prompted numerous speaking invitations.

Catherine has commented nationally on television and radio including ABC, MSNBC, PBS, America's Voice and the Salem Radio Network. Throughout her career she has written for the Weekly Standard, Insight, National Review Online, The Washington Times, World magazine, Fox News Online, Human Events, The Women's Quarterly, Focus on the Family, Plugged In, Coastal Living and The McLaughlin Group. She works in Washington, DC and lives with her husband, Wallace, in Virginia.