IWF Senior Fellow Charlotte Hays is the editor of In Character magazine, which is published by the John Templeton Foundation and the former editor of The Women’s Quarterly, which was published by the Independent Women’s Forum. She has been a feature writer for the Washington Times and was the Washington bureau chief for the National Catholic Register. While at the Register, she reported from on the ground in Beirut in 1985 and won a first place from the Catholic Press Association for an interview with the novelist Walker Percy. She has written for National Review, Town & Country, New York magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and the Weekly Standard. A recovering gossip columnist, Charlotte is also coauthor of three books, Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the perfect Funeral; Somebody Is Going to Die if Lilly Beth Doesn’t Catch that Bouquet: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Wedding; and Some Day You’ll Thank Me for This: The Southern Ladies’ Guide to Being a “Perfect” Mother. Charlotte is also the author of Fortune Hunters, about dazzling marriages. A native of Greenville, Mississippi, Charlotte has a B.A. from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.