Greg Kandra serves as a deacon in the Diocese of Brooklyn and is a multimedia editor at the Catholic Near East Welfare Association. He is the author of Daily Devotions for Advent 2018 and writes The Deacon’s Bench blog. Kandra was a writer and producer for CBS News from 1982 to 2008 for programs including The 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 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 Brooklyn Tablet. He has been a regular guest on Catholic radio.
Kandra lives with his wife, Siobhain, in the New York City area.