Professor, Journalist, Author and Workshop Leader 

Cecile S. Holmes, a writer and college professor specializing in books and journalism related to diversity and religion, is head of the journalism sequence at the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications.  She possesses more than two decades of writing, reporting, editing and teaching experience and is now contributing editor of Columbia Living Magazine, a South Carolina lifestyle publication.

Holmes was a long-time correspondent for Religion News Service , and  is former religion editor at the Houston Chronicle and former religion and food writer for the Greensboro News and Record in Greensboro, N.C. Since she began teaching, Holmes has been heavily involved in cross-cultural efforts in interfaith and race relations. She helped found Women of Many Faiths in Columbia where she lives. She teaches college-level senior and graduate courses in faith, values and the mass media and in magazine writing and advanced writing. An active parishioner at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, she serves on the Racial Reconciliation Task Force of the S.C. Christian Action Council and is a member of the Religion Newswriters’ Association Council of Presidents. She has authored two books and had articles in a cross section of magazines and such news publications as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Los Angeles Times, the Orlando Sentinel, the Salt Lake City Tribune, the Dallas Morning News and the Washington Post.