Tom Krattenmaker is a Portland-based writer specializing in religion in public life and author of the award-winning Onward Christian Athletes (2009), on Christianity in professional sports. Krattenmaker’s second book, The Evangelicals You Don’t Know (2013), was released in April 2013.
Krattenmaker writes regularly for USA Today’s op-ed page as a member of the newspaper’s editorial Board of Contributors. His column-writing was honored by the American Academy of Religion in its 2009 Journalism Awards program, receiving praise for challenging popular misconceptions about evangelicals “and showing that something new, something more complex and subtle is going on — a great goal for religion commentary.” His work has also appeared in recent years in Salon, the Los Angeles Times, the Oregonian, Beliefnet, the Huffington Post, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. His numerous media appearances include National Public Radio, the New York Times “Idea of the Day” website, and ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.”
Krattenmaker was a presenter at the 2010 and 2013 “Q” gatherings and the 2010 conference of the American Humanist Association. Named the 2009 Mendenhall Lecturer at DePauw University, Krattenmaker has also spoken at college campuses including Georgetown, Baylor, Lewis & Clark, Willamette University Law School, the University of Portland, Portland State University, Missouri State University, and Springfield, Swarthmore, and Haverford Colleges. He was a recipient of the 2009 “Friend of MET” award from the Portland-based Muslim Educational Trust and, this year, the Hunderup Award for religious education from the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.