Walter Ratliff Journalist • Educator • Innovator

There's nothing like working at a job you enjoy for an organization you believe in. I've been lucky throughout my career in that respect. Certain lessons I learned early have remained true over the decades. Perhaps the most important is to embrace flexibility. This means adding value by adopting the skills organizations need, and remaining agile enough to adapt to the changing environment.

Over the past 17 years at the Associated Press, I have shepherded multi-format enterprise stories from concept to production. These stories appear on major television and online news outlets around the world. I also trained and provided ongoing guidance to print journalists moving into video journalism. I was the first journalist to produce online video for AP in the nation's capital, and the first broadcast journalist to join and lead a traditionally-print beat team at the company.

My work on the AP's religion beat team was recently recognized by the Religion News Association with a first place prize for national network news religion reporting.

Alongside my career at AP, I am working with the Newseum to develop higher education programs for journalists reporting on religion. This includes developing curriculum and writing grant proposals to support the project. I am also an adjunct assistant professor in the humanities at the University of Maryland-University College. Every semester, I each classes on world religions, technology and culture and mythology and culture.

My award-winning independent efforts include three books and several documentary projects.

"While Ratliff's historical presentation is a major accomplishment, the fascinating effect of his book is due largely to his storytelling skill." -Waldemar Janzen, Can. Mennonite University
Pilgrims on the Silk Road: A Muslim-Christian Encounter in Khiva (Wipf & Stock, 2010). Winner: Gold Medal for Nonfiction Religion/Philosophy, National Readers' Favorite Awards.
"If you want to understand how opinion-making Christian media understands the Muslim community, then this is the book for you." -Tom Terry, Cru
Christians and Muslims at the Epicenter: How the Sept.11th Attacks Shook and Transformed American Evangelicalism (Agilis Press, 2011).
"A handsome little book! ... a lot of fine images."- Owen Gingerich, Professor of astronomy and of the history of science at Harvard University, Senior Astronomer at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

If you would like to know more about my professional life, take a look at my LinkedIn profile here:

Right now, I'm finishing up my dissertation at Georgetown University. My doctoral research is on the connections (and sometimes disconnections) between the values international religious organizations articulate and their actions. I hope to wrap up the research and writing in 2017.

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