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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: RNA 2015 Contest Finalists Named

Tuesday, May 12, 2015  
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Columbia, Mo. — Religion Newswriters Association today released the list of finalists in its 18 contests. Finalists are listed by the following broad contest categories rather than individual contest: Newspapers, Magazines, Multiple Media, Broadcast and Nonfiction Books.

Judges were asked to name up to three winners and, at their discretion, up to 10 finalists per contest. The contest chair will contact all actual winners by June 1. Winners' names are confidential until the awards are presented publicly at the RNA Banquet Aug. 29, 2015, in Philadelphia.


(Cassels, Cornell, Metro, Large & Wire Service Awards)

  • Catherine Godbey, The Decatur Daily
  • Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service
  • Dana Massing, Erie Times-News
  • David Gibson, Religion News Service
  • Jane Eisner, Paul Berger, Josh Nathan-Kazis, Jewish Daily Forward
  • Jennifer Berry Hawes, The Post & Courier
  • Jennifer Preyss, Victoria Advocate
  • John Smith, for work at The Reading Eagle
  • Judy Thomas, The Kansas City Star
  • Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News
  • Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service
  • Laurie Goodstein, New York Times
  • Lilly Fowler, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News
  • Mark Oppenheimer, New York Times
  • Marshall Weiss, Dayton Jewish Observer
  • Michelle Bearden, for work at Tampa Tribune
  • Patricia Montemurri, Detroit Free Press
  • Peggy Fletcher Stack, Salt Lake Tribune
  • Peter Smith, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Stephanie Earls, Colorado Springs Gazette


(News & General Excellence Awards)

  • Anisa Mehdi, The Islamic Monthly
  • Ashley Powers, for work at The California Sunday Magazine
  • Bobby Ross, Jr. Christian Chronicle
  • Christianity Today
  • Commonweal
  • David Van Biema, Time
  • Eetta Prince-Gibson, Moment
  • Elizabeth Dias, Time
  • Jaweed Kaleem, Huffington Post
  • Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter
  • KidSpirit
  • Mark Oppenheimer, New York Times
  • Moment
  • Tikkun

Multiple Media

(Supple, Renner, Schachern, Short Video, Analysis, Commentary-Blog Awards)

  • Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service
  • Alana Massey, Religion Dispatches
  • Alex Ferreira, DOCFilms
  • Amie Ferris-Rotman
  • Ashley Powers, for work at The California Sunday Magazine
  • Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service
  • Charles M. Sennott, Global Post
  • Chris Herlinger, for work at National Catholic Reporter
  • CNN Belief
  • Daniel Burke, CNN
  • David Gibson, Religion News Service
  • Elizabeth Dias, Time
  • Elizabeth Tenety, for work at The Washington Post & The Atlantic
  • Grant Gallicho, Commonweal
  • Jamie L. Manson, for work at National Catholic Reporter
  • Jaweed Kaleem, Huffington Post
  • Jeffrey K. Salkin, Religion News Service
  • Joanna Brooks, Religion Dispatches
  • Joel Baden & Candida Moss, CNN
  • John L. Allen, Crux
  • Kay Campbell, The Huntsville Times
  • Ken Chitwood, for work at The Houston Chronicle & Sojourners
  • Kevin D. Grant, Global Post
  • Kevin Hardy, Chattanooga Times Free Press
  • Lucas Grindley, Rebecca Juro & Rea Carrey, The Advocate
  • Margery Eagan, Crux
  • Mark Fitzgerald, for work at Nautilus
  • Mark Oppenheimer, for work at Buzzfeed & The New York Times
  • Mary Beth McCauley, Christian Science Monitor
  • Michael Orbach, Moment
  • Michael Paulson, New York Times
  • Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post
  • Michelle Garcia, The Advocate
  • Moni Basu, CNN
  • Nadine Epstein, Moment
  • Patricia Miller, Religion Dispatches
  • Pauline Dolle & Tony Carnes, NYC Religions
  • Peggy Fletcher Stack, Salt Lake Tribune
  • Peter Smith, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Religion News Service Staff
  • Reuters
  • Sally Morrow, Religion News Service
  • Salt Lake Tribune
  • The GroundTruth Project on Global Post
  • Tiffany Stanley, National Journal
  • Tom Verde, for work at AramcoWorld
  • Tony Carnes, A Journey through NYC Religions
  • Yair Rosenberg, Tablet
  • Zack Ford, Think Progress


(Radio, TV Local, TV National, TV News Magazine Awards)

  • Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Betty Rollin & Susan Goldstein
  • Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Bob Abernethy & Patti Jette
  • Chicago Sunday Evening Club
  • WAMC-Northeast, David Chanatry
  • "Making Contact," Dina Weinstein
  • Diva Communications, Debra Gonsher Vinik
  • Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Fred de Sam Lazaro & Nikki See
  • KALW-San Francisco, Jason DeRose & Julie Caine
  • Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Judy Valente & Gail Fendley
  • Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Kim Lawton & Patti Jette
  • On Being, Krista Tippett
  • KSTU-Salt Lake City, Ben Winslow
  • Interfaith Voices, Laura Kwerel
  • CBS, Liz Kineke
  • Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Lucky Severson & Trent Harris
  • This American Life, Mark Oppenheimer
  • WGBH-Boston & Maya Vision
  • Interfaith Voices, Maureen Fiedler
  • WLRN-Miami, Nadege Green
  • KUOW-Seattle, Ross Reynolds & Matthew Streib
  • KBIA-Columbia, Mo., Ryan Famuliner & Abigail Keel
  • Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Saul Gonzalez
  • Voice of America, Jerome Socolovsky
  • WBFF-Baltimore, Jeff Abell
  • WGBH-Boston, David Washburn
  • Voice of America, Mike O'Sullivan


(Nonfiction Award)

  • "Apostles of Reason," Molly Worthen
  • "Becoming Un-Orthodox," Lynn Davidman
  • "Belief Without Borders," Linda A. Mercadente
  • "Good Catholics," Patricia Miller
  • "Jesus is Better than You Imagined," Jonathan Merritt
  • "Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul food," Laura Silver
  • "Mission at Nuremburg," Tim Townsend



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