Career & Leadership Development

Life on Tap: Editorial, Writing, and Communications

Christendom students write dozens of papers during their time in college, forming arguments and critically analyzing important texts. This training in communicating thoughts and ideas translates perfectly to success in the communications field, whether that by in writing, editing, or publishing — or all of the above.

Graduates can be found across the communications field, working as journalists, op-ed writers, editors, and novelists. No matter what area they focus on, their liberal arts background helps them to thrive.

Watch the talks below.

Marketing and Communications

Christendom welcomed Zach Smith (’14) and Kayla Newcomb (’16) to speak about their careers in marketing and communications. After completing an internship with Disney, Smith returned to Christendom for the newly created public relations specialist position. Smith then became the director of marketing for the Chris Long Foundation. Smith has since returned to Christendom as the Associate Director of Communications and Marketing.  Newcomb has been working in the marketing and design realm since graduation. Currently, Newcomb is a social media specialist and graphic designer for the Childress Agency in Fredericksburg, VA. 


Christendom welcomed John Clark (’92) and Matt Hadro (’10) to speak on writing at Life on Tap. Clark is an author, political speechwriter, book ghostwriter, online course developer, and a weekly blogger for The National Catholic Register. Hadro, a history major, is the press secretary for the US House of Representatives. Previously, he was the D.C. correspondent for Catholic News Agency, the digital news arm of EWTN, writing about current political and cultural news for a Catholic audience.

Editing and Publishing

Brian Gallagher (’10), Lauren (Enk) Mann (’14), and Ben Hatke (’00) all returned to campus to share the secrets of their success at Life on Tap. Brian Gallagher (’10) earned his B.A. in political science and economics from Christendom in 2010, and soon after became the director of business intelligence at St. Benedict Press. 2014 valedictorian Lauren (Enk) Mann earned her B.A. in English language and literature during her four years at Christendom, and upon graduation began working as assistant managing editor for Regnery Publishing in Washington, D.C. Mann also works as a freelance writer, with her articles finding publication in Crisis Magazine and Catholic World Report. Ben Hatke is one of Christendom’s most well known alumni, thanks to his New York Times bestselling Zita the Spacegirl series. Hatke earned his B.A. in history from Christendom in 2000.

Editorial and Communications

Alumna Maria Bonvissuto (’15) has worked in the editorial and communications fields. She worked as an Editorial Assistant, and then as the Senior Assistant Managing Editor at Regnery Publishing before moving into the world of marketing and communications at an all-girls school in Virginia, Oakcrest.


Alumnus Peter Jesserer Smith (’09) is a philosophy major who now works as a staff reporter for the National Catholic Register and Charlie Spiering (’05) is a history major who works as the White house Correspondent for Breitbart News.

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