Heidi Schlumpf is NCR's national correspondent, based in Chicago. She has three decades of experience covering religion, spirituality, social justice and women's issues, and is the author/editor of three books, including Elizabeth A. Johnson: Questing for God (Liturgical Press, 2016). Schlumpf is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has a master’s degree in theological studies from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University. She and her husband are members of St. Gertrude Parish in Chicago.

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Lauren Ashburn, lead anchor of 'EWTN News Nightly,' leaves the network

The lead anchor and managing editor of EWTN's nightly news show has left the television network, according to a statement released by the network Thursday.

How Mother Angelica's 'miracle of God' became a global media empire

The feisty, habited nun emerged as a culture warrior in the mid-1990s, just as battle lines were being drawn in the church and broader U.S. culture. Her savvy business decisions and more than one showdown with a member of the hierarchy helped catapult EWTN into becoming a multimillion-dollar conglomerate.

Money trail tells the tale of EWTN's direction

After less than two decades on the air, EWTN claimed $49 million in assets and annual income from contributions of $19 million. Today, the financial support of its weathliest contributors correlates with the pro-Republican and anti-Francis editorial direction of the network's programming and news coverage.

EWTN: connected to conservative Catholic money, anti-Francis elements

A truly global media, EWTN has made strategic alliances in recent years, acquiring the National Catholic Register, which has become a vehicle for pronouncements and manifestos from church leaders on the right, and partnering with Sophia Institute Press, which regularly publishes books that aim to take down the current pope.