Greg Kandra serves as a deacon in the Diocese of Brooklyn and is a senior writer at the Catholic Near East Welfare Association. He is the author of A Deacon Prays and writes The Deacon’s Bench blog. Kandra was a writer and producer for CBS News from 1982 to 2008 for programs including CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, Sunday Morning, 60 Minutes II, and 48 Hours. He also served for four years as a writer and producer on the live finale of the hit reality show Survivor.

Kandra has received two Peabody awards and two Emmy awards, four Writers Guild of America awards, three Catholic Press Association Awards, and a Christopher Award for his work. He also was named 2017 Clergy of the Year by the Catholic Guild of Our Lady of the Skies Chapel at JFK International Airport. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland. Kandra cowrote the acclaimed CBS documentary 9/11. He contributed to three books, including Dan Rather’s Deadlines and Datelines and a homily series. His work has been published in America, US Catholic, Busted Halo, and The Tablet. He has been a regular guest on Catholic radio. Kandra is the author of four books.

Kandra lives with his wife, Siobhain, in the New York City area.


Speaking Topics

Deacons Today
Evangelizing in the Twenty-First Century
Catholic Communications
Marriage and Holy Orders

Books by Deacon Greg Kandra