Larry Alan Witham is a veteran journalist and author in the Washington D.C. area who has covered current events, history, religion and society, science, philosophy, and the visual arts. He is currently exploring new writing and visual arts projects, following a decade of full-time writing and editing of books. He is the author of sixteen books, editor of a ten-book series, and in 2007 served as editor of the bimonthly magazine Science & Spirit. His latest three nonfiction books have been on the visual arts and art history, one of which was a finalist in the 2015 Pen Literary Awards for biography. From 2011 through 2012 he wrote a weekly art blog, "Artschooled," and during much of 2016 he wrote a twice-weekly "Novelists on Artists" blog.
Until 2003, Witham had been a daily newspaper reporter with The Washington Times (D.C.). During his twenty-one years at the paper, he wrote more than four thousand news stories, features, and book reviews and filed reports from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Soviet Union and Latin America. A native of Los Altos, Calif. (born June 1952), Witham earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts from San Jose State University (1974). He and his wife, Kazui Yamamoto, live in the Maryland suburbs of Washington D.C.
Witham has received several national awards for his articles on religion and society, including from the Religion Communicators Council, the Religion Newswriters Association, the D.C. Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Templeton Foundation. He has written for such publications asChristian Century and Scientific American, and has spoken before the American Academy of Religion, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Association of Evangelicals, the Society of Secular Humanists, the Sunstone Association (Mormon scholars), the Southern Book Festival, the Edinburgh Book Festival, and the Cambridge Forum.
From 2006-2012, Witham was Project Editor of the Templeton Science and Religion Series, a sequence of ten books by scientists giving an overview of their fields. The series features volumes on medicine, psychology and neuroscience, technology, cosmology, paleontology, genetics, mathematics, ecology and environment, cognitive science, and a final "reader" of selections from the nine volumes.
An artist by avocation (painting and drawing), Witham's artworks may be seen at: www.larrywithamart.blogspot.com.