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.


6:47 am
Fri May 2, 2014

From Barbecue Cart to Multi-Million Dollar Company, Texas Pete Sees International Growth

CHA!, the newest sauce to bear the Texas Pete name. The Winston-Salem based company's products can be found on store shelves across the United States and in 22 countries.
Credit Texas Pete

There are millions of bottles of Texas Pete hot sauce at diners, military bases and pantries around the world.

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Pope John Paul
2:08 am
Mon April 28, 2014

A Fiery Passion that Sparked Change Around the World

Pope John Paul II inspired millions to face difficult challenges through his passion for social justice.
Credit winnipeg free press

Catholics around the world celebrate new saints.

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6:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Faster Internet Speed: When Will It Reach The Triad?

Google chose Kansas City from among 1,100 or so hopeful communities around the country to install its first community-wide fiber optic network cable of delivering gigabit broadband speeds. Some companies, including North State and AT&T, are investing in initiatives to bring ultrafast Internet speeds to the Triad.
Credit Keri Brown

Just a few years after Triad cities fell over themselves trying and failing to lure Google’s gigabit fiber initiative, superfast broadband appears to finally be finding its own way to the area. But when will it arrive, and what will it mean for you and local businesses?

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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.
Credit D.H. Griffin Companies & Triad Business Journal

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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