Michael Reneau

Michael Reneau is editor of WORLD Magazine. He is a World Journalism Institute and Bryan College graduate. He was editor of The Greeneville Sun newspaper before joining WORLD. Michael resides with his wife and four children in Greeneville, Tenn. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelReneau.

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Congressional chaos

Politics | Stimulus checks and a defense bill throw political alliances into disarray
by Michael Reneau
Posted 12/30/20, 02:38 pm

President Donald Trump hinged his campaigns in 2016 and 2020 on being a change agent in Washington, D.C. As the final days of 2020, Trump’s administration, and the 116th Congress waned, his war of words against last-minute legislation changed political alliances and battle lines.

Although several members said they didn’t have enough time to read the entire bill, the House of Representatives on Dec. 21 passed a 5,500-page, $2.3 trillion spending package that included funding for the government and coronavirus relief. 

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Signs of trouble at Liberty University

Higher Education | Alumni and critics wonder why the school’s trustees didn’t act sooner against Jerry Falwell Jr.
by Michael Reneau
Posted 9/02/20, 02:45 pm

Lynchburg, Va., bussinessman Jimmy Thomas Sr. and his family have invested much in Liberty University in the last 30 years. In 1992, Thomas and fellow businessman Daniel Reber donated $1.4 million for construction of Liberty’s dining hall, known as Reber-Thomas. When Liberty was drowning in debt and struggled to make payroll in 1995, Thomas and Reber bought $30 million of Liberty’s debt and forgave it.

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Jerry Falwell Jr. and the cult of personality

Higher Education | Falwell’s 13-year tenure as president of Liberty University ends in personal scandal
by Michael Reneau
Posted 8/26/20, 12:12 pm

Nearly five years to the day after his father died and he became president of Liberty University, Jerry Falwell Jr. told a local newspaper his leadership style differed from that of his father, Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell Sr.: “I think it’s good that my profile’s lower because the less dependent Liberty is on a family or personality, or a name, the healthier it is for the school.”

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