MEET OUR TEAM

The people behind the program

Maria Baer

Reporter

Maria Baer is a WORLD Radio correspondent based in Columbus, Ohio. She is a 2014 World Journalism Institute graduate. She also contributes to iHeart Media and hosts a bi-weekly podcast called “I Was There When.” You can find Maria on Twitter @maria4ya and at mariaebaer.com

Megan Basham

Film and television critic

Megan is a writer and film critic who regularly contributes to WORLD Magazine and WORLD Radio. She lives in Charlotte, N.C., and is the author of Beside Every Successful Man: A Woman’s Guide to Having It All. Follow Megan on Twitter @megbasham.

Joel Belz

Founder

Joel served as the editor of The Presbyterian Journal before founding WORLD Magazine in 1986. He has served as editor, publisher, and CEO over the years and has written the lead WORLD column for more than 20 years. He provides commentary for WORLD Radio twice a month. 

Mindy Belz

Senior editor

Mindy has written for WORLD Magazine since 1986 and currently serves as senior editor. She is the author of They Say We Are Infidels (Tyndale House), a 2016 book about her experiences covering the Christian community in Iraq. She has also covered wars in Syria, Afghanistan, Africa, and the Balkans. Mindy is a regular contributor for WORLD Radio. Follow Mindy on Twitter @mcbelz

Myrna Brown

Reporter

Myrna is a WORLD Radio correspondent based in Atlanta, Ga. She’s worked as a TV news reporter, public affairs show host, and producer. She’s also a podcaster and a graduate of the the World Journalism Institute’s mid-career course. Follow Myrna on Twitter @MyrnaCBrown.

Paul Butler

Reporter

Paul is a freelance journalist and feature producer for WORLD Radio. He is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute’s mid-career course. Follow Paul on Twitter @PaulDButlerTWE.

Janie B. Cheaney

Commentator

Janie published her very first column in WORLD in 1991, in the middle of homeschooling her two children. Since then she has written children’s novels, writing workbooks, blogs, and book reviews in addition to her regular WORLD columns. She contributes commentary for WORLD Radio twice a month and lives with her husband in the Ozarks of Missouri. Follow Janie on Twitter @jbcheaney.

Michael Cochrane

Reporter

Michael is WORLD Radio’s technology reporter and writes the Technology Notebook for WORLD Magazine. He’s a retired systems engineer who spent a career in both the federal government and academia. He joined WORLD News Group in 2011 as a mid-career graduate of the World Journalism Institute. Follow Michael on Twitter @MFCochrane.

Mary Coleman

Commentator

Mary is a WORLD Radio commentator, offering insights on family, faith, and race relations. Follow Mary on Twitter @MaryColeman_ and at her blog thestudiousmom.com.

Kent Covington

News anchor

Kent is a news anchor, co-host, and political correspondent for WORLD Radio. He spent almost two decades in Christian radio before joining WORLD in 2014. Follow Kent on Twitter @KentCovington.

J.C. Derrick

Managing Editor

J.C. is WORLD Radio’s managing editor. He spent 10 years covering sports, higher education, and politics for the Longview News-Journal and other newspapers in Texas before joining WORLD in 2012 and eventually becoming WORLD’s Washington Bureau chief. Follow J.C. on Twitter @jcderrick1.

Nick Eicher

Co-host | Chief Content Officer

Nick is chief content officer of WORLD and co-host of The World and Everything in ItHe has served WORLD magazine as a writer and reporter, managing editor, editor, and publisher. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickEicher.

Laura Finch

Reporter

Laura worked for C-SPAN, the U.S. House of Representatives, the Indiana House, and the Illinois Senate before joining WORLD as a freelance correspondent in 2016. Follow Laura on Twitter @laura_e_finch.

Kristen Flavin

Producer

Kristen is a field producer for WORLD Radio. She was part of the World Journalism Institute class of 2014 and has been working behind the scenes with the WORLD Radio team since 2011. Follow Kristen on Twitter @kristenflavin.

Johnny Franklin

Technical Producer

Johnny serves as a technical producer for WORLD Radio. He’s spent the past 35 years in media production with various ministries before joining WORLD in 2012.

Katie Gaultney

Reporter

Katie is a correspondent for WORLD Radio and WORLD Magazine. She began her tenure with WORLD as an intern in 2006. After stints in careers running the gamut from parade planning to speechwriting; earning her master’s degree in art history; and becoming a mom, she returned to WORLD in 2015. Follow Katie on Twitter @gaultney.

George Grant

Commentator

George is the pastor of Parish Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Franklin, TN, the founder of Franklin Classical School, the Chalmers Fund, and the King’s Meadow Study Center, and the author of more than 70 books. Follow George on Twitter @gileskirk.

Kim Henderson

Reporter

Kim is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute’s mid-career course. A homeschooling mom, she spent more than 20 years freelancing for local outlets and writing curriculum for LifeWay Christian Resources. Kim now contributes to WORLD as a Mississippi-based correspondent.

Leigh Jones

News editor

Leigh is WORLD Radio’s news editor. She spent eight years as a newspaper reporter in Texas before joining WORLD in 2011. She has survived two major hurricanes in the last 10 years and wrote a book about one: Infinite Monster. Leigh covers education in a weekly column for WORLD Digital. Follow Leigh on Twitter @leighjonesworld.

Anna Johansen

Intern

Anna Johansen is a WORLD Radio correspondent based in Chicago. She graduated from the World Journalism Institute in 2018. She is a speech and debate coach, teaches English, history, and drama to high schoolers, and is finishing up a degree in English. Follow Anna on Twitter @AnnaJohansen_.

Jill Nelson

Reporter

Jill is a reporter for WORLD Magazine based in Orange County, California. She worked for two years as a TV news reporter and anchor in South Dakota before completing her M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas. Follow Jill on Twitter @WorldNels.

Marvin Olasky

Editor in Chief

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD and Dean of the World Journalism Institute. He’s written many books; he and his wife Susan, married for 41 years, have coauthored four sons and now have five grandchildren. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

Susan Olasky

Special Correspondent

Susan has been involved with WORLD for a quarter century. She’s been a feature writer, book reviewer, and story coach — and now creates and edits radio features for WORLD Radio. Follow Susan on Twitter @susanolasky.

Carl Peetz

Technical Producer

Carl began his radio journey as a board operator, broadcasting Los Angeles Dodgers games in a small Southern California desert town in 1984. Since then he’s worked for numerous Christian radio stations and ministries. Carl joined WORLD in 2014 and stays up late to assemble The World and Everything in It. He is thankful to shine the light of the gospel through Biblical worldview journalism. 

Andrée Seu Peterson

Commentator

Andrée has the second-to-last page of the magazine every issue to talk about God, the world, and herself. Before that she raised four children more or less well, which gave her lots to think about for her columns.

Mary Reichard

Co-host | Legal Affairs Correspondent

Mary is co-host of WORLD Radio and covers the judicial branch. She earned her J.D. from St. Louis University and practiced law before becoming a journalist. Follow Mary on Twitter @ReichardWorld.

Sarah Schweinsberg

Reporter

Sarah is a general reporter for WORLD Radio writing news and feature stories. Sarah graduated from Northwestern College in 2016 with degrees in journalism and history. After completing an internship with WORLD, she joined full-time in 2016. She’s based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Follow Sarah on Twitter @SarahSchweins.

Cal Thomas

Commentator

Cal is one of the most widely syndicated political columnists in America, provoking discussion and debate for more than 30 years. He takes on all topics, from the American family’s decline to terrorism’s looming threat. Follow Cal on Twitter @CalThomas.

Emily Whitten

Book reviewer

Emily is a book reviewer for WORLD Radio and WORLD Magazine. She holds an English literature degree from the University of Mississippi, worked at Peachtree Publishers in Atlanta, and now homeschools her two daughters. Emily is based near Nashville and loves spy movies, Charles Spurgeon’s writings, and just about any kind of music. Follower her on Twitter @emilyawhitten.

About The World and Everything in It

It’s like NPR from a Christian worldview is a common listener description of our daily news podcast The World and Everything in It. Psalm 89:11 inspires our program title: “The heavens are Yours; the earth also is Yours; the world and all that is in it, You have founded them.” It says something about the breadth of news coverage on the program, but also its depth — with biblically objective journalism at its core. Each day’s half hour starts with a fast-paced news summary, followed by longer stories, interviews, and reports from WORLD journalists, as well as thoughtful commentary and original feature journalism reported from the field. Hosted by Mary Reichard and Nick Eicher, The World and Everything in It will enhance your morning commute or any part of your daily routine.

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