Sally Quinn is a member of NCLD’s Governance and Young Adult Committees. She is the founding editor of OnFaith, a site built in collaboration with the technology company FaithStreet that is dedicated to exploring faith across all cultures. Before partnering with FaithStreet, OnFaith was featured on The Washington Post for seven years and was the first worldwide, interactive discussion about religion and its impact on global life.
Quinn continues to contribute to The Washington Post and shares the perspective of a journalist, author and DC insider.
While researching an article about religion in Washington prior to the 2000 presidential campaign, Quinn noticed that while religion had an enormous influence on worldwide politics, it was a taboo subject in our nation’s capital. Following 9/11, Quinn’s interest in religion grew and her passion to understand it from a personal and political perspective took on new urgency and focus.
Over the last decade, Quinn has pursued a religious education with the same drive and rigor she once gave to politics. Leveraging her rolodex from 30 years as a columnist, she sought out spiritual mentorship from religious leaders and scholars such as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Jim Anderson, Father Bryan Hehir and John Esposito. To gain emotional and spiritual perspective, she traveled to many of the world’s holy sites in Rome, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Tibet, Delhi, Cairo, Ethiopia and Istanbul, and began attending several religious services and ceremonies a week at churches, temples and mosques.
Quinn has written four books: We’re Going to Make You a Star, about her short-lived experience as a co-anchor for “CBS Morning News”; Regrets Only, her first novel; Happy Endings, its sequel, and The Party, in which Quinn offers an insider’s look at Washington entertaining and a personal view of the value of friendship. She is currently working on a book about religion in Washington.
Quinn was married to the late Benjamin Bradlee, Vice President at Large at The Post, and has one son, Quinn.