Judith Valente

  • Author, Journalist, Poet. 
  • TV & Radio Producer.
  • Speaker & Retreat Leader. 
  • Benedictine Lay Associate.
  • Environmentalist.


When not traveling, writing, leading a group or speaking, Judith Valente was a senior correspont for WGLT Public Radio. Ms. Valente has won more than a dozen awards at the station. including two 2015 Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Investigative Series (Radio). She was named one of the two best reporters in Illinois by the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association in 2018.

Listen to a few of her radio broadcasts on the Audio page.

Public Radio

As a journalist, Ms. Valente has contributed to many Public Television news shows, both nationally and locally in Chicago and Bloomington-Normal, Illinois.

Here, you'll find a number of video segments from national PBS TV's award-winning news program "Religion & News Weekly" as well as "30 Good Minutes", on WTTW Chicago.

Be sure to watch the video " Spiritual Journey" from WTTW-TV in Chicago, which chronicles Ms. Valente's transition from journalist to poet.

The second piece, "Monastic Values" details her ​discovery of and frequent visits to Mount St. Scholastica Benedictine Monastery in Atchison, Kansas.

Television & Video

Enjoy a selection of Ms. Valente's favorite articles, collected from her lifetime of contributions to Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, among other nationally acclaimed news sources.  Then browse through the library of  video and audio contributions to PBS-TV, NPR, WGLT radio and Chicago Public Radio. 

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