Marketta Gregory

I never meant to be a columnist. I trained to be a newspaper reporter — one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. Every day I got to listen as people told me about the things that were most important to them, the things that were sacred. But the newspaper industry was changing and few papers could afford to have an army of speciality reporters. So, I moved to cover the suburbs where, as luck would have it, they have plenty of religion, too.

Eventually, children came into the picture. One by birth and another two months later by foster care/adoption. I struggled to chase breaking news and be home at a decent hour, so I made the move to what we journalists call the dark side: I took a job in public relations. (Don’t worry. I work for a great non-profit, so it’s not dark at all.)

When I gave my notice at the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, the executive editor asked me to consider writing a column on a freelance basis. She didn’t want the newspaper to lose touch with its religious sources, and she still wanted consistent faith coverage. I was terrified. It took me about 10 months to get back to her with a solid plan and some sample columns.

And so it began, this journey of opening up my heart to strangers.

It’s uncomfortable, time consuming and glorious.

Now, you can find my columns every week in newspapers across the country, courtesy of GateHouse Media. Wherever you find them, may they be a blessing to you.


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6 thoughts on “Marketta Gregory

  1. Nice blog, Marketta!

    So, for the Lent-challenged types like me, any advice on how to keep up our sacrifices for 40 days? I gave up chocolate and desserts for the duration. Day II is already getting hard as the post-lunch craving for a sweet hits.
    Yours,
    DIana

    • Glad you like the blog, Diana! I’m not very good at Facebook so hopefully this will help me stay in better touch with awesome friends like you. 🙂

      Maybe I should have been more sensitive about the timing of my ice cream post. Seriously, I think you are learning the lessons of Lent right there in your struggles. So often we focus on denying ourselves during Lent and we miss the rest of the message — that we aren’t perfect. Even when we have the best of intentions, we sometimes are tempted and fail. Lent reminds us that we need God’s grace, even in the little things.

      So, take walk. Chew gum. Call a friend. Read something with terrible grammar. Distract yourself. And know that you are learning along the way.

      I’ll look around for other practical suggestions, too. I think it’s a great question…

  2. MY AUNT WROTE TO YOU AFTER YOUR ARTICLE IN THE PAPER REGARDING DONATING OLD CANDLES TO THE NUNS – SHE HAS NOT HEARD FROM YOU – PLEASE RESPOND TO HIS COMMENT LET ME KNOW WHERE YOU WANT THESE CANDLES DELIVERED TO OR SENT TO – THANKS – KAREN PUTNAM