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Kineke, Singh appointed to RNA Board

Thursday, February 23, 2017  
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The Religion News Association Board of Directors recently appointed two new members to its ranks. CBS veteran Liz Kineke and Trinity University Assistant Professor Simran Jeet Singh will temporarily fill vacancies on the now nine-member board. RNA voting members will cast ballots on whether to elect them to full, three-year terms this fall at the RNA Annual Conference in Nashville.

Both new members see this as a pivotal time to join the board.

"Like never before, I think the world is finally starting to see why religion reporting matters," said Kineke. "Surrounded by some of the best journalists in the business, I really value and have benefited from my RNA membership, and so I see this as a chance to give back. I hope my input is found to be of some use."

Kineke joined the CBS Religion & Culture series as a producer and writer in 2005. During her tenure she has created dozens of shows on faith and religion as they relate to intolerance, criminal justice, veterans, refugee resettlement and social justice, among other topics. A graduate of Denison University, Kineke has built a career working for foreign broadcasters in the U.S. as well as pioneering TV journalist Linda Ellerbee and the Associated Press Television News. The "God Squad" team, as it is affectionately called at CBS, has received numerous citations for its work, including a 2016 Emmy nomination for “Faith, Hope & the Burden of Addiction”; a Wilbur Award for “Marriage, Religion & Modern Life”; and the RNA first-place Award for Excellence in Television News Magazine Religion Reporting for “What’s So Funny About Religion?” in 2014.

Simran Jeet Singh is an assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Trinity University. He serves as the Senior Religion Fellow for the Sikh Coalition and a Truman National Security Fellow for the Truman National Security Project. He holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University and is a prolific writer who contributes frequently to various news outlets and digital platforms. His academic expertise focuses on the history of religious communities in South Asia, and he has taught at Columbia University and Trinity University on Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic and Sikh traditions. Singh’s recent scholarship and public engagement examines xenophobia, racial profiling and hate violence in post 9/11 America.

"For years, I have enjoyed working with and learning from professional journalists who cover religion," said Singh. "Given our current political context — including the direct attacks on media and the misinformation about religious communities — religion coverage is incredibly important. I'm honored to be joining the RNA Board and excited to think about how we can collectively advance our work, especially in this climate."

Kineke and Singh join seven other board members led by President Manya Brachear Pashman of the Chicago Tribune.



Tiffany McCallen


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