The counseling and journalism professions are mourning the loss of Craig Windham, an American Counseling Association member and National Public Radio (NPR) newscaster who died unexpectedly on Feb. 28.
Windham, a licensed clinical professional counselor, was a keynote speaker at ACA’s 2012 Conference & Expo in San Francisco.
Millions knew his voice from his daily news reports on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Windham had worked for NPR for more than 20 years.
In addition to his journalism credentials, Windham earned a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in counseling from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. A Maryland resident, Windham counseled clients in private practice and specialized in working with adolescents. He was also an adjunct faculty member in George Washington University’s department of counseling.
“We were honored to have Craig Windham keynote ACA’s 60th anniversary conference. His care, compassion and ability to share the stories of those less fortunate were hallmarks of his outstanding reporting on NPR,” said Richard Yep, ACA CEO. “Despite a very successful career as a journalist and author, the fact that he earned a masters and doctorate in counseling was a testament to his desire to learn about, and improve, the human condition. On a personal note, Craig was an exceptional person. He was genuine, down-to-earth and so committed to doing good work, especially for youth. He will certainly be missed.” Photo credit: NPR/Doby Photography
Windham’s area of interest and research was adolescents’ use of social media and online communication. He was quoted on the topic in Counseling Today’s 2015 article “Coming to terms with technology.”
His keynote address at ACA’s San Francisco conference was titled “Counseling in the Social Media Age: Swimming with the Current — and Against.” The conference’s other keynote speaker was noted psychologist Irvin Yalom; Windham interviewed Yalom in a live, on-stage Q+A at the event.
Windham was also active in his church and volunteered with the congregation’s youth group. The Washington Post, in reporting Windham’s death, said his church work inspired the journalist to study counseling.
NPR reports that Windham, 66, died of a pulmonary embolism. He is survived by his brother Cris; a niece, Cristen; a nephew, Bryan; and four grandnieces and grandnephews.