Catherine Claire Larson is a senior writer and editor of PFM, a non-profit organization that advocates restorative justice—a paradigm shift in criminal justice philosophy that sees the end goal of justice not simply in terms of punishment but of restoration, restitution, and reconciliation. PFM and its partner organization PFI work with prisoners and their families across the United States and in 110 countries around the world, including Rwanda.
Working for PFM, Catherine has had extensive experience in interviewing prisoners and volunteers who help them and in sharing their stories across newspaper, magazine, and radio. Larson’s articles have featured stories of ex-prisoners and their children from the United States, Kenya, Nairobi, Nepal, India, Colombia, Malawi, Zambia, Romania, and Rwanda. She has also spent time working in cross-cultural settings.
As a writer for the founder of PFM, Chuck Colson, Catherine writes for the daily BreakPoint radio commentaries that are heard by some 2 million weekly listeners. Her personal insights on the intersection of faith and culture appear daily on The Point, which ranks among the top three most-visited Christian blogs in the nation. Currently, she is also the senior editor and a contributing writer for BreakPoint’s Worldview e-magazine as well as the daily one-minute radio program, The Point.
Outside of her work ghost-writing, in 2006, “Intersections of Grace,” Catherine’s article about three ex-offenders from South Philadelphia struggling to overcome their pasts and change their futures, won first place at the Evangelical Press Association’s national convention. In addition, her insights on grace and the artwork of Vincent Van Gogh were included in The Faith and Culture Devotional, published November 2008 by Zondervan.
As a former teacher, frequent workshop leader, and past guest on national radio, Catherine is also an engaging public speaker whose passion for her subject is contagious.
With a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in theological studies, Catherine hopes to give voice to Rwandans who are involved in one of the most closely watched experiments in forgiveness in our world today.
Currently, Catherine lives in Northern Virginia with her husband Mark.