John Gehring is Catholic Program Director at Faith in Public Life. Previously, Gehring was Communications Director at Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, and served as Associate Director for Media Relations at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He is author of "The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope's Challenge to the American Catholic Church." A former national education reporter for Education Week newspaper, Gehring has also written for "The Catholic Review" in Baltimore and the "Frederick Gazette" in Frederick, Md. He graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., with a degree in writing and sociology, has a Masters in journalism from Columbia University in New York City.