Matt Malone, S.J., is the 14th editor in chief of America. Fr. Malone began his tenure as editor in chief on October 1, 2012. At the time of his appointment he was the youngest editor in chief in America’s history. He served for two years as an associate editor, from 2007-2009, when he covered foreign policy and domestic politics. He was the recipient of the 2006 first place Catholic Press Association award for essay writing. From 1995-1997, Fr. Malone was special assistant and chief speechwriter to U.S. Representative Martin T. Meehan (D-MA). From 1997-2002, he served as the founding deputy director of MassINC, an independent political think tank, and co-publisher of CommonWealth, an award-winning review of politics, ideas and civic life. His writing has appeared in numerous national and international publications and his work and ideas have been featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post among others. He is the author of Catholiques Sans Etiquette, a book concerning the church and the political, which was published in 2014 by Salvator Press in Paris.
Fr. Malone entered the Society of Jesus in 2002. He was ordained a priest on June 9, 2012 by Edward Cardinal Egan, archbishop emeritus of New York. Fr. Malone received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He holds a M.A. from Fordham University; a Bachelor of Divinity (Honors,1st class) from The University of London and a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (summa cum laude with the congratulations of the board of examiners) from the Catholic University of Louvain. He was a founding member of REMUS (Religion, Mimesis and Society), an interdisciplinary research group at Heythrop College dedicated to the thought of Rene Girard. He is a member of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion and is chaplain to the New York Press Club.
Father Malone is a member of the pastoral teams at the Parish of Saints John and Paul in Larchmont, N.Y., the Church of Saint Francis Xavier in Manhattan and the Cathedral of Saint Patrick.
Fr. Malone's Twitter i.d. is @Americaeditor.