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Tom Krattenmaker

Associate Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications

Krattenmaker_T2_lo-res_mug-1Tom Krattenmaker became Lewis & Clark’s associate vice president for public affairs and communications in July 2006. In addition to his work in administration, he is an award-winning writer specializing in religion in public life.

Before coming to Lewis & Clark, Krattenmaker was director of news and information and public relations at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2006 and senior writer in the communications office at Princeton University. Prior to entering the higher education sector, he was a reporter for the Associated Press and Orange County (Calif.) Register.

Krattenmaker writes regularly for USA Today’s “On Religion” commentary page as a member of the newspaper’s editorial Board of Contributors. The American Academy of Religion honored his article “The Evangelicals You Don’t Know” as one of the top three pieces of religion commentary in its 2009 Journalism Awards program. His work has also appeared in recent years in Salon, the Los Angeles Times, the Oregonian, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Krattenmaker’s first book, Onward Christian Athletes, about Christianity in professional sports, was published in October 2009. (Visit Tom’s writing website,, for more details.) The book was a winner in the religion category in the 2009 best-books awards of Foreword magazine and a finalist in the 2011 Oregon Book Awards. His second book, The Evangelicals You Don’t Know, was released in April 2013.

Krattenmaker was a presenter at the 2010 and 2013 editions of the “Q” gathering and a featured speaker at the 2010 conference of the American Humanist Association. His numerous media appearances include the documentary “Lord Save Us From Your Followers,” National Public Radio, the New York Times “Idea of the Day” website, USA Today, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” ABC “Nightline,” Fox News Channel, the Christian Broadcasting Network, The Nation, Christianity Today, Air America, the Michael Smerconish Show, the Michael Medved Show, Across the Nation with Bob Dunning, Portland Monthly, and radio networks/stations including Fox, the Canadian Broadcasting Company, and numerous regional and local outlets.

Named the 2009 Mendenhall Lecturer at DePauw University, Krattenmaker has also spoken at college campuses including Georgetown, Baylor, Lewis & Clark, Willamette University Law School, the University of Portland, Portland State University, Missouri State University, and Springfield, Swarthmore, and Haverford Colleges. He is a recipient of the 2009 “Friend of MET” award from the Portland-based Muslim Educational Trust, and a winner of the Hunderup Award for Religious Education from Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.

Krattenmaker has a master of liberal arts degree with a concentration in religion in public life from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in journalism from the University of Minnesota.

   Recent articles

Note: These writings express the author’s personal views and do not represent any official position or policy of Lewis & Clark College.

“Why climate change concerns pro-life Christians,”
USA Today, September 9, 2014

“Rock star pastors lose luster,” USA Today, August 1, 2014

“World Cup and faith can conflict, too,” USA Today, June 23, 2014

“New evangelical mission in public schools,” USA Today, May 18, 2014

“To my evangelical friends,” OnFaith, April 14, 2014

“Mozilla uproar questions tolerance,” USA Today, April 7, 2014

“Young evangelicals change look of culture wars,” Oregonian, March 29, 2014

“Religious freedom excesses,” USA Today, March 4, 2014

“Churches confront sexual violence,” USA Today, February 2, 2014

“Evolution is not a matter of ‘belief,’ “ USA Today, January 9, 2014

“The Pope is prophetic, not political,” USA Today, December 9, 2013

“What’s with all the devil talk?” USA Today, November 25, 2013

“Prayer at public meetings — be reasonable!” USA Today, November 4, 2013

NFL violence a moral thorn for Christians,” USA Today, October 11, 2013

New Safe Zones Drive Signals Growing Push for Secular Inclusion,” Huffington Post, September 27, 2013

“What Christian left can learn from Christian right,” USA Today, August 26, 2013

“Evangelical Shift on Gays: Less Fear, More Heart,” USA Today, July 18, 2013

“Six Evangelicals You Don’t Know,” Huffington Post, July 3, 2013

“What Evangelicals Can Learn from Superman,” USA Today, June 13, 2013

“A New Evangelical Engagement with Public Schools,” Washington Post, June 10, 2013

“Where is God When Disaster Strikes,”, May 21, 2013

“When Will the Boy Scouts Accept the Non-Religious?” USA Today, May 12, 2013

“How Young Evangelicals Are Changing the Meaning of ‘Pro Life,’” Washington Post “On Faith,” May 10, 2013

“A Progressive’s Confessional Journey to Focus on the Family,” Huffington Post, April 29, 2013

“In Praise of the Shift at Focus on the Family,” USA Today, April 15, 2013

Secularism, meet religious freedom — your best ally,” USA Today, March 22, 2013

“A Catholic Church Worthy of the Devoted?” USA Today, February 12, 2013

“Birth Control Fight and Religious Freedom,”, February 5, 2013

“Are Progressives Getting the Spirit?” Huffington Post, January 23, 2013

“Welcome to the ‘radical middle,’” USA Today, December 29, 2012

“God vs. GOP,” USA Today, September 25, 2012

“Has Tony Perkins Seen the Light on Hate Speech?” Huffington Post (and, August 24, 2012

“Can Faith Help an Olympian?” August 5, 2012

“Tolerate the Tension,” USA Today, July 16, 2012

“Use that ‘terrorist’ label carefully,” USA Today, June 11, 2012

“Close the racial divide,” USA Today, April 29, 2012

“It’s not all about politics,” USA Today, March 26, 2012

“Millennials Aren’t Amoral and Adrift,” USA Today, March 12, 2012

“When Tim Tebow Loses,” USA Today, January 15, 2012

“What is it about Tim Tebow?” Washington Post “On Faith,” October 31, 2011

“Holy texts become unholy weapons,” USA Today, October 10, 2011

“A Discussion with Stephen L. Carter,” Lewis & Clark Advocate magazine, Fall 2011

“The new evangelicals and an alliance waiting to happen,” USA Today, June 27, 2011

Tressel Incident Should Prompt Rethinking of Sports Evangelism,”, June 3, 2011

“Faith and Finance,” USA Today, May 9, 2011

 Even religious freedom has limits,” USA Today, March 27, 2011

Gay Rights and Christian Conservatives,” USA Today, February 14, 2011

“Super Bowl Sunday and ‘Redemption,’” Huffington Post, February 7, 2011

“Why Catholicism is Good for America,” USA Today, January 3, 2011

“Amid Bomb Plot, Soul-Searching in Portland,” USA Today, December 6, 2010

“In God-Fearing USA, Where is the Decency?” USA Today, October 25, 2010

“Get to Know a Muslim,” USA Today, September 27, 2010

“What if the End Isn’t Near?” USA Today, August 23, 2010

“How to Sell Christianity? Ask an Atheist,” USA Today, June 28, 2010

“Jackie Robinson’s Faith and Activism,” Beliefnet, June 2010

“Q: Heralding the Arrival of Post-Christian America,” Huffington Post, May 11, 2010

“Abortion’s middle ground? Reducing them,” USA Today, May 3, 2010

“The Christian Rise and Fall of Ben Roethlisberger,” Huffington Post, April 14, 2010

“Tolerance and Faith Collide,” USA Today, March 22, 2010

“Tim Tebow: Culture Warrior?” USA Today, February 1, 2010

“Adamant Atheist is Hard-Core Believer,” The Oregonian, January 17, 2010

“You Can’t Buy the Real Gifts of Christmas,” USA Today, December 21, 2009

“Confessions of a Conflicted Football Fan,” Beliefnet, November 7, 2009

A (Cautionary) Lion’s Tale,” October 26, 2009

” ‘And I’d Like to Thank God … ’ “ USA Today, October 12, 2009

“Clash of Civilizations?,” USA Today, August 24, 2009

“Seeing Beyond the Hijab,” Oregonian, August 23, 2009

“Jesus’ Favorite City,” USA Today, July 20, 2009

“God Talk & Graduations,” USA Today, May 18, 2009

“Belief Diversity - It’s in the Bible,”
 USA Today, April 13, 2009

“Evangelicals walk a fine line in public schools,”
 The Oregonian, March 7, 2009

“A case for civil religion,” USA Today, February 23, 2009

” ‘Life’ Movement Evolves,” USA Today, January 12, 2009

“The End as a Weapon,” USA Today, December 15, 2008

“Positive Atheism,” USA Today, November 17, 2008

“Evangelicals and Torture: Faith Takes a Back Seat,” The Oregonian, October 18, 2008

“Jail and Jesus,” USA Today, September 8, 2008

“Religion Can Help End Wars Too,” USA Today, July 14, 2008

“The Evangelicals You Don’t Know,” USA Today, June 2, 2008

“Is God Silenced on College Campuses?” USA Today, March 31, 2008

“Braving the Common Ground to Face Our Challenges,” The Oregonian, March 23, 2008

“Why Christians Should Seek MLK’s Dream,” USA Today, January 21, 2008

“Malice for Muslims,” The Oregonian, January 6, 2008

“The Real Meaning of Christmas?” USA Today, December 17, 2007

“A Force for Good,” USA Today, November 12, 2007

“Putting Faith into Action for the Common Good,” The Oregonian, November 4, 2007

“Bad Call, or God’s Will?” Los Angeles Times, October 24, 2007

“Secularists, What Happened to the Open Mind?” USA Today, August 20, 2007

“Should God Go to the Ballgame?” Los Angeles Times, August 18, 2007

“Faith Shouldn’t Be Red, White, and Blue,” USA Today, July 1, 2007

“A Pious Nation?” USA Today, June 11, 2007

“How Little We Know About Religion,” USA Today, April 30, 2007

“A Passion for Moderation,” USA Today, April 2, 2007

“The bible vs. science,” USA Today, February 5, 2007

“A witness to what faith can be,” USA Today, December 18, 2006

“Confessions of a values voter,” USA Today, November 13, 2006

“Faith embraces pop culture, technology,” USA Today, October 9, 2006

“Reggie’s (Whole) Story,” USA Today, July 30, 2006

“A Model of Faith,” USA Today, June 4, 2006

“Going Long for Jesus,” Salon, May 10, 2006

“A War on Christians? No,” USA Today, March 26, 2006

“Playing the God card,” USA Today, January 29, 2006

“Does Proselytizing Cross the Line in Pro Sports,” USA Today, November 6, 2005

“Rushing for Jesus,” Salon, January 3, 2005


Tom Krattenmaker