Michael J. O'Loughlin is a graduate of Saint Anselm College, where he was editor-in-chief of The Saint Anselm Crier, and Yale Divinity School, where he was a contributor to Spectrum, the alumni magazine.
He interned at America magazine in 2009, and he then moved to Washington, D.C., where he was the communications manager of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. He held that post for five years, during which he was also a freelance writer. He authored a religion and politics column for Busted Halo, contributed to The Huffington Post, wrote about religion and LGBT issues for The Advocate, and commented on religion in the public square for Religion News Service.
In 2014, Mike became a staff writer for The Boston Globe, where we was the national reporter for the paper's then-new website about the Catholic Church, Crux. He covered major events for Crux, including global meetings of bishops in Rome, the 2015 visit of Pope Francis to the United States, and the pontiff's 2016 visit to Mexico. He broke the story that Pope Francis would visit the U.S.-Mexico border during the highly-charged 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Mike returned to America magazine in 2016 as the national correspondent, where he covers the Catholic Church in the public square. He has written multiple cover stories, including profiles of Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Pope Francis. His most-read story at America is the news he broke that former White House press secretary Sean Spicer had finally met Pope Francis.
The Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 140 Characters, which Mike published with HarperOne in 2015, was the first book to examine the papacy through the lens of social media. It was well-received, with Commonweal magazine calling it, "an up-to-date analysis of the most popular person on the planet" and Religion News Service dubbing it one of the "best reads for understanding Pope Francis." It was published in English, Spanish and Mandarin.
He has been interviewed on MSNBC, Fox News, ABC, CBS, NPR and by several local and regional media outlets.
When he's not writing, reading, or Tweeting, Mike enjoys running (he's run a few marathons) and cooking. He lives in Chicago.
To contact Mike about speaking and writing opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow him on Twitter at @mikeoloughlin.