Barbara Bradley Hagerty
Journalism, Science, Spirituality
Barbara Bradley Hagerty was the religion correspondent for NPR for 20 years, reporting on the intersection of faith with politics, law, science, and culture. Her first book, Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality, documents a quest that began when she took a Tylenol for the first time after 34 years as a faithful Christian Scientist. Her second, Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife, numbered among the Wall Street Journal’s best books of 2016 for people of a certain age.
Bradley Hagerty started her career as a journalist in 1982, reporting from Washington for the Christian Science Monitor and from Tokyo as World Monitor’s Asia correspondent. In addition to reporting on that nightly television program, aired by the Discovery Channel, she worked as the senior Washington correspondent for Monitor Radio.
In 1995, after attending Yale Law School on a one-year Knight Fellowship, Bradley Hagerty began work at NPR. She was NPR’s Justice Department correspondent between 1998 and 2003. Her billet included the impeachment proceedings against President Clinton, Florida’s disputed 2000 election, as well as terrorism, crime, espionage, wrongful convictions, and the occasional serial killing. She was also the lead correspondent covering the investigation into the September 11 attacks, contributing to the network’s 2001 George Foster Peabody and Overseas Press Club awards. In 2003, she moved to NPR’s religion beat.
Bradley Hagerty has received the American Women in Radio and Television Award, the Headliners Award, and the Religion Newswriters Association Award for radio reporting, among others. In addition, she has appeared on the PBS programs Washington Week and NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
The Middle Age Surge | review | New York Times
Diane Rehm Show: The Fingerprints of God | interview | NPR
When Your Child Is a Psychopath | article | The Atlantic
Why a Man Declared Innocent Can’t Get out of Prison | article | NPR
Prayer May Reshape Your Brain . . . and Your Reality | article | NPR