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RNA Nonfiction Religion Book of the Year

First place: Don Lattin, Distilled Spirits & Tanya Luhrmann, When God Talks Back

Second place: Matti Friedman, The Aleppo Codex

Cassels Religion Reporter of the Year—Small-sized Newspaper

First place: Matthew Miller, Lansing State Journal

Second place: Mary Garrigan, Rapid City Journal 

Third place: Jennifer Preyss, Victoria Advocate 

Honorable Mention:

Catherine Godbey, Decatur Daily 

Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer

Chandler Award for Student Religion Reporter of the Year

First place: Rebecca Nakashima, Biola University

Second place: Catherine Newhouse, University of Missouri

Third place: April Burbank, Wheaton College

RNA Religion Commentary of the Year

First place: David Gibson, Religion News Service

Second place: Christine Scheller, Urbanfaith.com

Third place: Naomi Schaefer Riley, Wall Street Journal

Honorable Mention: Jamie Manson, National Catholic Reporter

Cornell Religion Reporter of the Year—Mid-sized Newspapers

First place: G. Jeffrey MacDonald, Religion News Service

Second place: Jeff Sheler, The Virginian Pilot & Peggy Fletcher Stack, The Salt Lake Tribune

Honorable Mention: Robert Sibley, The Ottawa Citizen

RNA Magazine Religion News Report of the Year

First place: Bobby Ross, Jr., The Christian Chronicle

Second place: Jaweed Kaleem, The Huffington Post

Third place: Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter 

RNA Magazine of the Year: Overall Excellence in Religion Coverage

 
Second place: Moment
 
Third place: Sojourners

RNA Radio or Podcast Religion Report of the Year

First place: Taki Telonidis, Western Folklife Center

Second place: Tony Ganzer, World Radio Switzerland 
Third place: Sarah Richards, BBC World Service
 
Honorable Mention: Amanda Greene, Wilmington Faith & Values

Gerald A. Renner Enterprise Religion Report of the Year

First place: Tiffany Stanley, Religion & Politics
Second place: Jaweed Kaleem, The Huffington Post

Third place: Arnold Labaton, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

RNA Religion Reporter of the Year—Large Newspapers

First place: Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post
Second place: Rachel Zoll, The Associated Press
Third place: Daniel Burke, For Work Done at Religion News Service

RNA Religion Reporter of the Year—Metro Newspapers

First place: Tim Townsend, For work done at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Second place: Richard Dujardin, The Providence Journal

Third place: Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman 

Schachern Award for Online Religion Section of the Year

First place: Reuters FaithWorld Blog
Second place: CNN.com's Belief Blog
Third place: Spokane Faith & Values

Supple Religion Feature Writer of the Year

First place: Jaweed Kaleem, The Huffington Post

Second place: David Gibson, Religion News Service
Third place: Peggy Fletcher Stack, The Salt Lake Tribune

RNA Television National Network/Cable News Religion Report of the Year

First place: Jerome Socolovsky, Voice of America 
Second place: Eric Marrapodi, CNN
Third place: Mike O'Sullivan, Voice of America

RNA Television Local News Religion Report of the Year

First place: Ben Winslow, KSTU Fox 13

RNA Television News Magazine Religion Report of the Year

First place: Bob Faw, PBS Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
Second place: Betty Rollin, PBS Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Third place: Judy Valente, PBS Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Honorable mention: Kim Lawton, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly 


 
2013 RNA Contest Finalists

Congratulations to the following finalists in the 2013 RNA Annual Contests for Religion Reporting Excellence!

Listed in alphabetical order. For work published/broadcast in 2012. Contests will small numbers of entries do not list finalists.

Chandler (Student Writing)
Allison Althoff, Christianity Today
April Burbank, Wheaton College
Nicole Foy, Biola University
Kaitlin Moroney, University of Idaho
Rebecca Nakashima, Biola University
Catherine Newhouse, University of Missouri
Megan O'Neil, USC Annenberg
Zachariah Schneider, The Ventriloquist 
Andrew Thompson, Wheaton College,

Commentary (Multi-Media)

David Gibson, Religion News Service

Tom Heneghen, Reuters

Jamie Manson, National Catholic Reporter

Naomi Schaefer Riley, Wall Street Journal

Christine Scheller, UrbanFaith.com

H. David Sessions, Daily Beast / Newsweek

Robert Sibley, Ottawa Citizen

Peter Smith, Louisville Courier-Journal

Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun

Jim Wallis, Sojourners


Cornell (Mid-Sized Newspaper)

Michelle Bearden, The Tampa Tribune

Doug Erickson, Wisconsin State Journal

Peggy Fletcher Stack, The Salt Lake Tribune

G. Jeffrey MacDonald, Religion News Service

Dana Massing, Erie Times-News

Steve Maynard, The News Tribune

Jeff Sheler, The Virginian-Pilot

Bill Sherman, Tulsa World

Robert Sibley, The Ottawa Citizen

Peter Smith, The Courier-Journal


Renner Enterprise (Multi-Media)

Tony Carnes, A Journey through NYC religions

Peggy Fletcher Stack, The Salt Lake Tribune

Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Jaweed Kaleem, The Huffington Post

Arnold Labaton, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Robert Sibley, The Ottawa Citizen

Bob Smietana, The Tennessean

Tiffany Stanley, Religion & Politics

Douglas Todd, The Vancouver Sun

Sandy Villarreal, Sojourners


Large Newspaper

Adelle Banks, Religion News Service

Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post

Daniel Burke, Religion News Service

Julia Duin, The Washington Post

David Gibson, Religion News Service

Tom Heneghan, Reuters

Betsy Hiel, Pittsburgh Review Tribune

Sharon Otterman, The New York Times

Rachel Zoll, The Associated Press


Supple (Multi-Media)

Adelle Banks, Religion News Service

Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post

Daniel Burke, Religion News Service

Peggy Fletcher Stack, The Salt Lake Tribune

David Gibson, Religion News Service

Jaweed Kaleem, The Huffington Post

Joshua McElwee, National Catholic Reporter

Bobby Ross, The Christian Chronicle

Bob Smietana, The Tennessean

Peter Smith, The Courier-Journal


Broadcast: Radio or Podcast

Adam Cotterell, Boise State Public Radio

Tony Ganzer, World Radio Switzerland

Amanda Greene, Wilmington Faith & Values

Deena Prichep, NPR, Weekend Edition Saturday

Sarah Richards, BBC World Service

Taki Telonidis, Western Folklife Center


EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE UNTIL 10 pm Sept. 28, 2013

Contact: Debra L. Mason, executive director, RNA

573-882-9257

RNA Honors Best in Religion Reporting 

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.


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