MEET THE JUDGES

Marvin & Susan Olasky

Marvin and Susan Olasky are veteran journalists who serve as Zenger Prize judges.

Some Christians cannot remember a day when they did not have faith in Christ. They grew up believing in God and have had the great blessing of seeing His faithfulness throughout their lives. Others have to realize how stupid they are before they are willing to trust in God’s wisdom, even when it’s unpopular. Marvin and Susan Olasky are among the latter.

Marvin Olasky began editing World in 1992 and serves as editor-in-chief and dean of the World Journalism Institute. From 1969 to 1973 he was an anti-war radical, a Boston Globe correspondent, and a member of the Communist Party USA. Then God grabbed hold of him: He professed faith in Christ in 1976 and became an elder of the Presbyterian Church in America in 1996. He was Professor of Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin from 1983 to 2008.

Marvin graduated from Yale University and earned a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. He is the author of 24 books and the co-author or editor of 23 more, along with about 4,500 magazine and newspaper articles in Christian and secular publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Among his books: Prodigal Press, Telling the Truth, Compassionate Conservatism, The Tragedy of American Compassion, Abortion Rites, and Reforming Journalism.

Susan Olasky, Worlds story coach, has produced over the years hundreds of magazine articles and features for The World and Everything in It, World’s daily podcast. She earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. from the University of Delaware. She is the author of the Annie Henry and Will Northaway series of novels for children and was once a triple stumper question on Jeopardy.    

In college Susan became a feminist and worked to impeach Richard Nixon. Then God grabbed hold of her: She professed faith in Christ in 1976, became a pro-life volunteer counselor, and founded the Austin Crisis Pregnancy Center in 1984. She later chaired the board of CareNet, the national umbrella group for pregnancy resource centers. The Olaskys have been married for 44 years and have four sons and five grandchildren.

Founders of Zenger House