Julie Asher was recently recognized as the recipient of the 2018 St. Francis de Sales Award from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. The award recognizes “outstanding contributions to Catholic journalism” and is the highest honor given by CPA. It was presented during a June 15 luncheon at the Catholic Media Conference in Green Bay.
“Wow. It’s overwhelming,” said Asher after she was handed the award. “I can confirm there was no Russian collusion on this — I had to say that coming here from Washington,” she added.
Asher thanked her CNS colleagues, led by editor-in-chief Greg Erlandson, and his predecessors. “I also want to thank all of you, my colleagues in the Catholic press, for what you do every single day and what you contribute to CNS. We are all workers in the vineyard; we do it every single day to tell the story of the Catholic Church,” she said.
Asher has been a member of the Society for Professional Journalists for more than 30 years, joining as a college student. She has had many leadership roles in the group and has been awarded by the group for her achievements. She has presented workshops at Catholic Media Conventions and served on nominating committees for the Catholic Press Association.
She is also the CNS intern coordinator and has mentored dozens of young college students, many of whom now work at Catholic publications.