Barbara Bradley Hagerty is the New York Times bestselling author of Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife (Riverhead Books, 2016) and Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality (Riverhead, 2009). Her six-part series on how to thrive at midlife aired on NPR in March 2016.
Barb worked for NPR for 19 years, covering law and religion. She has received the American Women in Radio and Television Award (twice), the National Headliners Award, and the Religion Newswriters Association award for radio reporting. Her reporting was part of the NPR coverage that earned the network the 2001 George Foster Peabody and Overseas Press Club awards after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. She has written for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Vogue, and The Independent (UK) and she has appeared on the Today Show and PBS programs Washington Week in Review and the NewsHour. She was selected for the Templeton-Cambridge Fellowship in Science and Religion in 2005, and for a one-year Knight Fellowship at Yale Law School in 1993-94, where she received a masters in legal studies.
Before NPR, Barb covered law and economics for The Christian Science Monitor, before serving as the Monitor’s Asia correspondent based in Japan. Barb was graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College in 1981. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Devin, and their yellow lab, Sandra Day.