Bucks County Beacon Writer Spotlight: Catherine Caruso

As part of our Fall Fund Drive, we are showcasing some of our writers so you can learn more about the people and journalism that you are supporting.

How did you first get into journalism and writing?

I’ve always loved writing, but I really became interested in journalism specifically during my sophomore year of college. I started off writing for an online university publication and later became an editor at a student-run LGBTQ magazine. I guess it all snowballed from there. After graduating and completing a couple internships, I eventually began scoring bylines in both local and national publications, writing about politics, education, and LGBTQ rights, among other topics. It wasn’t always a smooth or straightforward journey, but I’m grateful to now be in a position where I can tell important and meaningful stories. 

What is your approach to journalism? Why do you write and what do you hope to accomplish with your articles? 

I’m a very curious person and so I generally like digging into stories that I want to learn more about. I also like bringing greater awareness to issues that are misunderstood or seldom discussed. Sometimes this means debunking disinformation or offering historical context to a more timely problem, and sometimes it means talking to people who are being directly affected by discriminatory laws and rhetoric. Overall, I want the articles I write to answer people’s questions and pique their interest. I want them to care. 

What do you think are the most important issues that we face today, and why? 

I think there are many important issues that we’re facing today. Abortion rights and LGBTQ rights are among the first that come to mind. Everyone should have agency and autonomy over their own bodies. Everyone should have the freedom and legal right to make personal decisions for themselves. Climate change is also an important and dire issue that is already affecting the planet and will only continue to worsen without drastic intervention. Voting rights and racial justice are crucially important, as well. Not to mention the ongoing attacks on education. Suffice to say, there is no shortage of crises or injustices in need of attention, compassion, and systemic change.

Which publications and journalists do you follow? 

I follow NBC News, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Slate, Teen Vogue, The New Republic, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Nation, and The Washington Post, among other publications. As for journalists, I really admire the work of Ben Collins, Jennifer Berkshire, Melissa Gira Grant, Mark Joseph Stern, and many others. 

Why is it important for people to support independent media outlets like the Bucks County Beacon? 

Investing in local news and independent media is important now more than ever. It is crucial to a functioning democracy to have publications focusing on the ins and outs of local politics, and the Bucks County Beacon does just that. 

Catherine’s articles:

Private School Vouchers ‘Undermine’ Pennsylvania’s Public Schools. Conservative Lobbyist Groups Want To Keep It That Way

Pennsylvania Voting Rights Groups Are Working To Expand Ballot Access Through Education and Advocacy

Here’s How The American Library Association Is Working To Protect LGBTQ+ Librarians

New Report Emphasizes Importance of Upcoming Judicial Elections in Pennsylvania

PA Family Institute’s ‘City on the Hill’ Camp Is Training the Next Generation of Christian Nationalist Lawmakers

Billboard Chris’s Protest of Doylestown’s Rainbow Room Drowned Out by Community Support for LGBTQ Youth

Anti-LGBTQ Hate, Threats, and Violence Are On The Rise This Pride Month

Many Election Deniers Won Republican Primaries in Pennsylvania. Here’s How To Combat Their Disinformation

‘Long Overdue’ LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Bill ‘PA Fairness Act’ Has One Last Hurdle in Pennsylvania Senate

Lehigh River Named One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

How ‘Labor Spring’ Organizing Movement Is Impacting College Campuses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey

A Lehigh Valley Hospital Is Trying to Deport An Undocumented Comatose Patient

Pennsylvania’s Teacher Shortage Will Require Systemic Solutions, Report Says

Judge Orders Harrisburg to Fix Pennsylvania’s Unconstitutional K-12 Funding System. How Long Will It Take?

Rainbow Room’s Queer Prom Under Attack by Libs of TikTok, Doug Mastriano, Fox News

Pennsylvania Abortion Clinics Are Seeing an Influx of Out-of-State Patients Seeking Abortion Care

Nearly Half of LGBTQ Youth in Pennsylvania Considered Suicide in Past Year

How Immigrant Rights Action Is Serving Bucks County’s Immigrant Community

Baristas of the World Unite! Starbucks Workers in Whitehall Unionize

Why So Many Gen Z and Young Millennial Voters Showed Up For Democrats

What Happens If Election Deniers Win in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Could Be More Extreme Than Florida’s

Mastriano Tries to Escape ‘Extremist’ Label While Calling Attack on the Capitol ‘Distant,’ Suing Jan. 6 Committee

Pennridge School District’s Proposed Policy on Student Expression Is ‘Extreme’ and ‘Unconstitutional’

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