Diane Schlindwein, associate editor of Catholic Times, won second place in the category of “Best Personality Profile: Non-Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or more” at the Catholic Press Association (CPA) 2017 awards banquet, held this year in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Her article, “Diocesan woman remembers the Mother Teresa she knew,” was featured in the Sept. 4, 2016 issue of Catholic Times. In the article, Schlindwein interviewed Victoria Schmidt, the executive director of Theresians International, about her encounters with St. Teresa of Kolkata.
“I first met Vicki over 25 years ago when I was freelancing for Catholic Times. That was first time I wrote about her work with Mother Teresa,” said Schlindwein. “So when the canonization was coming up, she was the first person I thought about interviewing.
“Many times if you talk to the right person and ask the right questions, you get great quotes and are able to write a good article. So, Vicki was the right person for this particular story,” she said, “and who isn’t inspired by Mother Teresa?”
Schlindwein also wrote the cover news story for that issue.
“Originally I wanted to submit the articles as a package and enter the ‘Best Coverage of Mother Teresa’s Canonization’ category, but CPA required four separate articles — and we had one news cover article, one feature article and a sidebar,” she said. “So we entered the ‘Best Personality Profile’ category, and as it turns out, that was a good thing!”
Her previous national awards include two first-place Archbishop Edward T. O’Meara Awards (in 2006 and 2014) from the Society of the Propagation of the Faith; a CPA honorable mention in 2005 for “Best Reporting on Senior Citizens”; a first-place from the CPA for “Best General News Photograph” in 2014; and a CPA second-place in 2016 for “Best Personality Profile.” She received several other national and local awards when working in marketing at The Horace Mann Companies.
Schlindwein has been a staff member at Catholic Times since 1996. She was named associate editor in 2015. She also currently writes nationally distributed feature articles and takes photos for Creators Syndicate in Los Angeles. In the past, she was the editor of Springfield Magazine and an assistant editor of The Bar News at the
Illinois State Bar Association.
She and her husband, Jeff Schlindwein, have five children and six grandchildren and are members of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Springfield.