Eileen Wirth
Retired Chair of the Department of Journalism, Media and Computing. 
Now focusing on volunteer work, especially with refugees and various writing projects.
Eileen Wirth

More about me:

I’m a professor emerita of journalism – academic jargon for staying part of my old department without doing any work.         

I grew up on a Nebraska farm then spent about 20 years doing news and public relations before moving to Creighton’s journalism department in 1991. I spent 25 happy years teaching and advising students plus writing books, mostly on Catholic education and local history. In 2016 I retired so I could do other things while I still had the energy and enthusiasm.        

Now I’m busy co-chairing the refugee team at St. John’s Church on campus and doing advocacy work on refugee issues for Lutheran Family Services, Creighton’s sponsorship partner. I also really enjoy my CLC group.

My other passion remains local history. I write books and articles about the history of our area, especially the history of women since it has been overlooked. I am on the board of the state historical society and active with other longtime favorite organizations like the Omaha Public Library and Marian High School.

My days still start with an early morning trip to the gym. No sitting around! I keep in close touch with my two grown children and wish that my three grandchildren were closer. I also stay connected with a lot of former students and Creighton in general.. And Creighton is kind enough to allow me to continue to write these reflections.

Writing these reflections:

I find that writing the reflections helps me read Scripture in depth. It forces me to think and even to shape up my own life. I also enjoy the feedback I get from readers everywhere. I'm sometimes amazed at the nerves we obviously manage to touch. It tells me that a lot of our readers must experience the same pressures and stresses that we do. 

Other links to me:

e-mail: emw@creighton.edu