RNA Honors Best in Religion Reporting

2013

AUSTIN — Religion reporters from across the country won top honors Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Religion Newswriters Association’s 2013 awards competition.

Adon Taft was presented with the William A. Reed Lifetime Achievement Award. Taft was a long-time religion reporter for The Miami Herald and a leader within RNA.

Michelle Boorstein of The Washington Post won first place in the Religion Reporter of the Year contest for large newspapers and wire services. Rachel Zoll of The Associated Press won second place and Daniel Burke won third for stories written for Religion News Service.

First place in the Religion Reporter of the Year contest for metropolitan newspapers went to Tim Townsend for work done at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Second place was awarded to Richard Dujardin of The Providence Journal, and third place went to Carla Hinton of The Oklahoman.

G. Jeffrey MacDonald, writing for The Christian Science Monitor, won the Cornell Religion Reporter of the Year Award for mid-sized newspapers. Jeff Sheler of The Virginian-Pilot and Peggy Fletcher Stack of The Salt Lake Tribune tied for second. Robert Sibley of The Ottawa Citizen received an honorable mention.

In the Cassels Religion Reporter of the Year contest for small newspapers, first place went to Matthew Miller of the Lansing State Journal, with Mary Garrigan of The Rapid City Journal in second place and Jennifer Preyss of the Victoria Advocate coming in third. Catherine Godbey of The Decatur Daily and Marshall Weiss of The Dayton Jewish Observer both received honorable mention.

Jaweed Kaleem of The Huffington Post won first place in the Supple Religion Feature Writer of the Year Award. David Gibson of Religion News Service placed second, and Peggy Fletcher Stack of The Salt Lake Tribune won third.

The Gerald A. Renner Enterprise Religion Report of the Year Award went to Tiffany Stanley of Religion & Politics, followed by Jaweed Kaleem of The Huffington Post in second and a team led by Arnold Labaton of Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly in third.

First place in the Religion Commentary of the Year Award went to David Gibson of the Religion News Service. Second place went to Christine Scheller of urbanfaith.com and Naomi Schaefer Riley of The Wall Street Journal placed third. Jamie Mason of the National Catholic Reporter received an honorable mention.

The Schachern Award for Online Religion Section of the Year went to Reuters, with second place going to CNN and third place to Spokane.

Bobby Ross Jr. of The Christian Chronicle placed first for Magazine News Religion Report of the Year Award. Jaweed Kaleem of The Huffington Post Magazine placed second and Joshua McElwee of the National Catholic Reporter took third.

The Magazine of the Year Award went to Harvard Divinity Bulletin. Moment Magazine placed second and Sojourners came in third.

First place in the Radio or Podcast Religion Report of the Year contest went to Taki Telonidis of Western Folklife Center. Second place went to Tony Ganzer of World Radio Switzerland. Third place was awarded to Sarah Richards. An honorable mention was awarded to Amanda Greene of Wilmington Faith & Values.

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly swept the Television News Magazine Religion Report of the Year awards. Bob Faw placed first, Betty Rollin placed second, Judy Valente came in third and Kim Lawton received honorable mention.

The National Network/Cable News Religion Report of the Year Award went to Jerome Socolovsky with Voice of America. Second place was awarded to Eric Marrapodi of CNN and third went to Michael O’Sullivan, also with Voice of America.

The first place award for the Television Local News Religion Report of the Year contest went to Ben Winslow of KSTU Fox 13.

The Nonfiction Religion Book of the Year contest resulted in a tie for first. Winning first was Don Lattin for “Distilled Spirits” and T.H. Luhrman for “When God Talks Back.” Matti Friedman’s “The Aleppo Codex” placed second.

Finally, Rebecca Nakashima of Biola University won first place in the Chandler Award for Student Religion Reporter of the Year. In second place was Catherine Knarr of the University of Missouri. April Burbank of Wheaton College won third place. The Chandler Award for Student Religion Reporter of the Year was presented by Russell and M.L. Chandler, who fund the award.