Jack Smith was born in San Francisco in 1969. He studied Philosophy and Great Books at the Saint Ignatius Institute of the University of San Francisco. He currently serves as editor of the Catholic Key newspaper and blog of the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph in Missouri. He previously served as editor of Catholic San Francisco under then-Archbishop William Levada. Smith’s articles have appeared in National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, Catholic News Service, Catholic News Agency, Lifenews, Lifesite, IlSussidiario and elsewhere. Prior to working in journalism, Smith managed political and capital fundraising campaigns for the Church in California, Washington State and the UK.
Kevin Kelly has been associate editor of the Catholic Key since 1991. His career in journalism includes work with newspapers in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska where he earned state and national awards in news, feature, sports and investigative journalism, as well as photography. He has also earned numerous awards in several categories from the Catholic Press Association.
Marty Denzer is a Kansas City-native. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Home Economics, and later earned a post-bachelor’s associate degree in Interior Design from the American Academy of Design, now absorbed into Park University. She has been a reporter for The Catholic Key newspaper of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph since 2000. Before that she served as editor and circulation manager for Townsend Outlook Publishing Company in Kansas City. She has received Catholic Press Association awards for articles on human trafficking, prostitution, the death penalty and other topics. She also serves on the Kansas City Metropolitan Working Group task force on Human Trafficking. Marty is married, with three children.
Santiago Ramos was born in Asuncion, Paraguay and emigrated to the United States at age 14. In 2003, he graduated with a B.A. in philosophy and English literature from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. From 2006 to 2008, he worked as an art critic for the Kansas City weekly, The Pitch. From 2008 to 2009, he worked in Washington, DC as an editor for the American supplement of the international Catholic monthly, Traces. His reviews and essays have appeared in Image Journal, Commonweal, and First Things. He is currently pursuing graduate studies in philosophy at Boston College. Since summer of 2009, he has worked as a film and TV critic for the Key, along with writing occasional commentary and book reviews.
John Heuertz, OP is a professed Lay Dominican, hotel shuttle driver and nonfiction freelance writer in Kansas City. His writing interests are the Catholic Church, and high culture and its discontents. Besides Catholic journalism he also writes occasional concert music reviews for The Kansas City Star.
Sara Carlson is a native of Iowa. She graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Business Management and Marketing from Northwest Missouri State University in 2007. Currently, Sara is the Communications Coordinator at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Gladstone. Through her work Sara utilizes the tools of the modern media to translate the 2,000 year old Gospel message in the language of the world today. Her blog, �Learning to Say I Do,� appears on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website foryourmarriage.org. The blog is designed to assist couples preparing for marriage by sharing the challenges and solutions Sara and fianc� Justin experience daily as they prepare for their upcoming marriage in June 2011.
Keith Jiron is the Director of School of Faith, Omaha Branch. A native of Colorado, he graduated from Colorado State University in 1990. He went on to study at Conception Seminary College in Missouri and St. Thomas Theological Seminary in Colorado before completing his Master’s degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. He is currently pursuing a Licentiate/Doctorate in Mariology at the University of Dayton’s International Marian Research Institute which is an affiliate of the Marianum in Rome. Keith and his wife Kate have four sons. His hobbies include spiritual reading, fly fishing, and camping with his family.