Justin Catanoso

Justin Catanoso is senior lecturer and director of journalism at Wake Forest University. He has also had a 30-year career as a professional journalist at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and North Carolina. He was founding executive editor of The Business Journal in the Triad, which started publishing in 1998. There, he helped lead a newsroom in its coverage of business and economic  trends across the region. Previously, Justin spent 11 years as a reporter with the News & Record of Greensboro. There he received a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 1992 for his investigative reporting into fraud in the tobacco industry. That project was awarded the Science in Society Award by the National Association of Science Writers. He won numerous state and national writing honors while at the News & Record and The Business Journal.

In 2008, HarperCollins published his first book, a family memoir titled My Cousin the Saint, A Search for Faith, Family, and Miracles. Harper Perennial published it in paperback in 2009. My Cousin the Saint was a Book of the Month Club selection and a summer reading pick by the Order Sons of Italy in America. Justin's writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, BusinessWeek, US Airways and Delta inflight magazines, Catholic Digest,  and on National Public Radio.

Justin  is married to singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett. They live in Greensboro and have three daughters.

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Business
1:08 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Triad Business Owner Turns Junk Into Millions

In 2005, D.H. Griffin companies imploded Burlington Industries corporate headquarters in Greensboro.
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In this week's business report with Justin Catanoso, The Triad Business Journal's Catherine Carlock talks about her story on the huge success of Greensboro business owner D.H. Griffin.

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Veterans as employees
9:38 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Closing the Skills Gap

Every Friday on 88.5 WFDD Justin Catanoso, the director of the journalism program at Wake Forest University, sits down with a reporter from the Triad Business Journal to discuss business-related topics in the Piedmont. This week, he spoke with Katie Arcieri about companies who are struggling to find skilled labor.  She tells Justin this is the reason why several of these companies are giving returning veterans a second look.

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Commentary
1:19 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Questions Surround How Affordable Health Care Act May Impact Specialists

The Affordable Health Care Act will extend some insurance coverage for people who need to see a specialist.
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The Affordable Health Care Act is law. But little is known on how it will impact health specialties.

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Business
8:42 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Piedmont Business Leaders to Watch in 2014

Piedmont business leaders work to mold a more prosperous economy.
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Strengthening the Piedmont's economy will require a new vision on multiple levels.

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Crowdfunding
7:20 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Entrepreneurs Join Artists on Crowdfunding Sites

Entrepreneurs are vying with artists to raise capital on crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
Credit Valor American Home

  Kickstarter launched in 2009 and quickly created a buzz among artists, musicians and filmmakers looking for alternative ways to fund and distribute their creations.  Now traditional entrepreneurs are trying to use such sites to launch their businesses as well.  WFDD's Audrey Fannin discusses the new way to raise capital with Justin Catanoso, a contributing writer for the Business Journal and director of Wake Forest University's journalism program.  

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