You’d be hard-pressed to find a more energetic culture warrior than Teresa Tomeo. The familiar long-time host of Ave Maria Radio’s Catholic Connection, she is also the host of EWTN’s The Catholic View for Women, the author of multiple books, a retreat and pilgrimage leader along with her husband, the founder of her own communications company, a past delegate at the Vatican Women’s Congress, a speaker at the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family, a frequent guest on mainstream networks, and the founder of a new lay movement called Beyond Sunday.
Tomeo spoke with Catholic Digest about her early success in secular broadcasting, her reversion to the Catholic faith, and her commitment to show others the truth, goodness, and beauty of God.
Q: What got you into broadcasting?
A: I heard the broadcasting call at a very early age — 8 or 9 years old. The sisters who taught at my Catholic grade school recognized my gift for gab and encouraged me to pursue a communications career. By the time I was in the eighth grade, I had chosen my college, Central Michigan University, which to this day has an excellent broadcast and journalism program. I had three radio/TV internships in college, and shortly after graduating with my journalism degree in 1981, I began working on air in radio/TV news as an anchor and reporter in my hometown of Detroit. I’ve been working full-time in broadcasting ever since — 38 years.
Q: What made you switch to Catholic broadcasting?
A: It was my reversion to my Catholic faith that cause me to look closely at how I was living my life, including the professional portion of my life. Despite all my success (and I achieved a great deal), winning many awards, and making a very good living, I wasn’t happy. My marriage and other areas of my personal life suffered, and toward the end of my news career in the late ’90’s, I was no longer covering stories of any significance.
The news business, especially the TV news business, was all about money, ratings, and a liberal agenda. My husband and I both felt a calling to do more with our lives. After coming back to the Church, God healed our marriage, and my husband began discerning the diaconate (he was ordained in 2012). I walked away from the secular media in the year 2000 and started my own communications company.
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