Celia Wexler is an award-winning journalist and nonfiction author. Wexler’s first book, Out of the News: Former Journalists Discuss a Profession in Crisis (McFarland) won a national award for excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists. Her second book, Catholic Women Confront Their Church: Stories of Hurt and Hope, will be published in September 2016 by Rowman & Littlefield. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review, and The Nation. She was a labor, business and banking reporter at the Lafayette (IN) Journal & Courier, the Buffalo Courier-Express, and the trade daily, American Banker. She also headed the Albany bureau of American City Business Journals. She had been a public interest lobbyist in Washington, D.C. for twenty years, serving first as vice president of advocacy for the good-government group, Common Cause, and then as Senior Washington Representative for the Union of Concerned Scientists. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Toronto, where she earned the prestigious Governour-General’s Medal in English Literature. She earned a graduate degree in journalism from Point Park University, Pittsburgh. Wexler recently returned to journalism full time, and is working on her third book.She lives with her husband in Alexandria, Virginia. They have one daughter, Valerie.