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Finalists named in 2018 RNA Awards for Religion Reporting Excellence

Wednesday, June 13, 2018  
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COLUMBIA, MO—Congratulations to the finalists of RNA's 2018 Awards for Religion Reporting Excellence. Dozens of journalists and authors were selected from a field of more than 250 entries.

Awards will be presented to the winners of all categories at an awards banquet on Sept. 15 at RNA's 2018 Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

Not all categories are included in the list below. Local and national television finalists will not be announced. Finalists for the book category and for the Chandler Student Award category will be published in July.



CBS 60 Minutes: Scott Pelley, Oriana Zill, Michael Rey, Dina Zingaro, Jorge Garcia
Civil Beat: Anita Hofschneider, Jessica Terrell, Emily Dugdale, April Estrellon
Jenna Barnett, with JP Keenan, Sojourners
KALW Public Radio: Hana Baba, Jen Chien, Chris Hoff & Judy Silber
KALW Public Radio: Mark Betancourt, Jen Chien, Chris Hoff & Judy Silber
Karen Rouse, WNYC
NBC Sunday Today: Catie Beck, Matthew Vann, Sarah Talent, Hannah Van Winkle, Molly Paul
News Beat: Michael Conforti, Rashed Mian, Jed Morey, Christopher Twarowski
Public Radio International, The World in Words: Sonia Paul, Patrick Cox & Mike Wilkins
Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly: Kate Olson; Bill McMillin; Bob Abernethy; Arnie Labaton
Sarah Ventre, KJZZ
Stella M. Chavez, KERA News
WBEZ: Monique Parsons, Deborah George, Derek John and Cate Cahan

Finalists in our local and national television categories will not be named due to low entry numbers. Winners in those categories will be announced Sept. 15 in Columbus, Ohio.



Bob Smietana, Christianity Today/Facts&Trends
Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil, NBC
Christianity Today
Dawn Araujo-Hawkins, Global Sisters Report
Eileen E. Flynn, Faith & Leadership
Elizabeth Dias, for work done at TIME
Elizabeth Evans, Global Sisters Report
Emma Green, The Atlantic
G. Jeffrey MacDonald, Freelance
Gerry Shih, The Associated Press
Hannah Allam, BuzzFeed News
Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot/TimesOC
Holly Meyer, The Tennessean
Ian Lovett, The Wall Street Journal
Jack Jenkins, for work done at ThinkProgress
Jayson Casper, Christianity Today
Julie Zauzmer, The Washington Post
Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News
Kimberly Winston, Religion News Service
Krithika Varagur, Voice of America
Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service
Laurie Goodstein, The New York Times
Lilly Fowler and David Kroman, Public Media
Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer
May Jeong, Moment Magazine
Mike Ellis, Independent Mail
Peggy Fletcher Stack, The Salt Lake Tribune
Peter Smith, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Ruth Graham, Slate
Sarah Pulliam Bailey, The Washington Post
Sigal Samuel, The Atlantic
Tara Isabella Burton,
Tiffany Stanley, Freelance
Tim Funk, The Charlotte Observer
Tom Roberts, National Catholic Reporter
Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service



Alexandra Radu, for work done at Religion News Service
Amy Sullivan, The New York Times & Yahoo News
Aymann Ismail, Slate
Batya Ungar-Sargon, Forward
Brian Kaylor, Word&Way
Courtney Hergesheimer, Columbus Dispatch
Daniel Burke, CNN (two categories)
Elizabeth Dias, for work done at TIME
Ellen Wexler and Noah Phillips, Moment Magazine
Emma Green, The Atlantic
Gerry Shih, The Associated Press
Hannah Allam, BuzzFeed News
Ian Lovett & Jennifer Levitz, The Wall Street Journal
Jeff Chu, Freelance
Jeffrey Weiss, for work done at Religion News Service
Jillian Melchior, Heat Street
John Blake, CNN
Jonathan Merritt, Religion News Service
JP Keenan, with Jenna Barnett and Betsy Shirley, Sojourners
Kathy Gannon, The Associated Press
KC McGinnis, independent photographer
KC McGinnis & Neeti Upadhye, The New York Times
Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News
Kimberly Winston, Religion News Service
Kit Doyle, Religion News Service (two categories)
Krithika Varagur, Freelance (two categories)
Maria Panaritis, Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News &
Marie Griffith, Religion & Politics
Mark Silk, Religion News Service
Michael J. O'Loughlin, Freelance
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Nate Guidry, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune
Peggy Fletcher Stack, The Salt Lake Tribune
Peter Smith, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Rabbi Joshua Hammerman, Freelance
Ruth Graham, Slate
Sarah Pulliam Bailey, The Washington Post (two categories)
Sarah Ventre, KJZZ
Sigal Samuel, The Atlantic (two categories)
The Atlantic
The GroundTruth Project: Charles Sennott, Cate Malek, Lauren Bohn and Heidi Levine
Thomas Reese, Religion News Service
Tiffany Stanley, for work done at New Republic
Tiffany Stanley, Freelance
Tom Verde, Freelance
Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service
Zachary Frank, Moment Magazine



Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter Into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity, by James Martin
The Exodus: How It Happened and Why It Matters, by Richard Elliott Friedman
Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump, by Miguel A. De La Torre

If I Give My Soul: Faith Behind Bars in Rio de Janeiro, by Andrew Johnson
In The House of the Serpent Handler: A Story of Faith and Fleeting Fame in the Age of Social Media, by Julia Duin

Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics, by R. Marie Griffith

The Rise of Network Christianity: How Independent Leaders Are Changing the Religious Landscape, by Brad Christerson and Richard W. Flory



Bernadette Berdychowski, The King's College
Paulina Cachero, University of Southern California
Shoshy Ciment, Yeshiva University

Rachel Cohrs, University of Southern California
Vildana Hajric & Isobel van Hagen, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Lauren Jackson, Oxford University

Lily Jackson & Gannon Padgett, Auburn University
Caroline Matas, Princeton University
Jessica Mathews, The King's College
Jacob McNair, Ryerson University
Nicholas J. Scrimenti, Harvard Divinity School




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