Huffington Post’s Jaweed Kaleem Discusses Death and Religion

Aug 29, 2013 | 1 comment

Jaweed Kaleem with Huffington Post

Jaweed Kaleem with The Huffington Post

Jaweed Kaleem is the national religion reporter for The Huffington Post. He also covers one of HuffPost’s most unique beats: death.

His stories track the latest developments in end-of-life conversations. Recent articles cover Death Over Dinner and Death Cafes, death-centered tech and web businesses, and social media airing thoughts of death and grief.

Jaweed Kaleem joined host Gail Rubin to discuss death and religion on A Good Goodbye Radio on Wednesday, September 4. Download the podcast.

Topics discussed during the show include:

  • How he came to cover the topic of death as a reporter for The Huffington Post
  • How the conversation about death and dying is changing
  • Americans’ views on postponing aging and death
  • Games to start end-of-life planning conversations
  • The changing roles of clergy and religion related to death
  • New trends in funerals and memorial services

Prior to HuffPost, Kaleem was the religion reporter for The Miami Herald, where he worked since 2007 and was a member of a breaking news team that was a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist for its coverage of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. He has produced radio reports on religion for Miami’s WLRN 91.3 FM and PRI’s The World. Before religion reporting, he was a general assignment reporter at the San Jose Mercury News, Detroit Free Press, Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader and McClatchy Washington Bureau.

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