In 1964 professional journalists, not church-paid public relations personnel, founded National Catholic Reporter.
It was the first newspaper of its kind, embracing the revolutionary idea that Catholics need access to news of the church in order to be active participants and strong voices on important issues.
Fifty years later, we continue to publish our biweekly print newspaper and have expanded our online reach to more than 4 million readers around the world.
This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our founding with exciting events, special publications and contests. We invite you to be a part of this exciting year!
NCR’s 50th Anniversary Issue
This 60-page keepsake issue summarizes news from each year of NCR’s existence, packaged as the newspaper looked at the time. Copies are available to purchase. Learn more.
National Catholic Reporter at Fifty: The Story of the Pioneering Paper and Its Editors
Former editor Arthur Jones tells the NCR story from its founding during the Second Vatican Council through the present. This book focuses on editors and key themes in the paper's history: race and poverty, peace/foreign policy, women's issues, sexuality, and the church/papacy.
Available in hardcover and eBook. Order now.
We'll celebrate throughout our anniversary year with conferences and talks across the United States. Visit our events page to see if we're coming to your area.
Explore the Archives
Throughout this special year, we'll be looking back through our fifty years of archived issues.
Read a sampling of old articles, as selected by the editors of Global Sisters Report.
The next step forward: 50 more years
You, our dedicated readers and donors, are an important key to NCR’s longevity. We simply would not have made it this far without your generous support through the years.
As we look forward to our next 50 years, we want to ensure that future generations have access to the independent Catholic journalism NCR has so consistently provided during our first 50 years. We ask your help in making this happen with a generous gift to NCR!