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Winners named in 2019 RNA Awards for Religion Reporting Excellence

Saturday, September 21, 2019  
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COLUMBUS, Ohio. ­– Religion reporters from around the world won top honors Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Religion News Association’s 70th Annual Awards Banquet.

Cathy Lynn Grossman, formerly of USA Today and Religion News Service, was presented with the William A. Reed Lifetime Achievement Award for her exceptional long-term commitment and service to the field of religion reporting.

Manya Brachear Pashman and Jeff Coen of the Chicago Tribune won first place for Excellence in Religion Reporting—Large Newspapers and Wire Services. Sharon Otterman and Laurie Goodstein of The New York Times won second place. Third place was awarded to Sarah Pulliam Bailey of The Washington Post.

Silvia Foster-Frau of the San Antonio Express-News won the Cornell Award for Excellence in Religion Reporting—Mid-sized Newspapers. Kelsey Dallas of the Deseret News won second place.

First place for Cassels Award for Excellence in Religion Reporting—Small Newspapers went to Stacey Barchenger of the Asbury Park Press. Second place went to Catherine Godbey of The Decatur Daily, while Norris Burkes of The Ledger won third place.

In the Award for Excellence in Religion Reporting—Online-only News Outlets, first place was awarded to Hannah Allam of BuzzFeed News. Rachel Gross of Smithsonian Magazine and Undark came in second place. Third place went to Melanie Lidman of Global Sisters Report.

First place in the Supple Award for Excellence in Religion Feature Writing went to The Atlantic’s Emma Green, while Sarah Pulliam Bailey of The Washington Post placed second and Daniel Burke of CNN received third place.

Dake Kang and a team at the Associated Press received first place in the Gerald A. Renner Award for Excellence in Enterprise Religion Reporting. Manya Brachear Pashman and Jeff Coen of the Chicago Tribune won second place. Third place was awarded to The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Gambacorta, and honorable mentions were awarded to Nicole Winfield of The Associated Press and Kelsey Dallas of the Deseret News.

First place for Excellence in Religion Commentary went to Joshua Hammerman of Religion News Service and The New York Jewish Week. Second place was awarded to John Gehring of Commonweal Magazine. Cathleen Falsani of Sojourners placed third, with Jamie Manson of National Catholic Reporter receiving honorable mention.

The Schachern Award for Excellence in Online Religion Sections was awarded to CNN, edited by Daniel Burke.

First place for Excellence in Religion News Analysis was awarded to Emma Green of The Atlantic. Second place went to Julia Bicknell and Barbara Baker of World Watch Monitor. Daniel Burke of CNN placed third, with Sarah Pulliam Bailey of The Washington Post receiving honorable mention.

Emma Green of The Atlantic placed first in the award for Excellence in Magazine News Religion Reporting. Tiffany Stanley of The Washington Post Magazine second, and The Christian Chronicle’s Bobby Ross Jr. took third place. Taha Anis of Moment Magazine received honorable mention.

The award for Excellence in Magazine Overall Religion Coverage went to Kurt Hoffman of The Forward.

First place for Excellence in Radio or Podcast Religion Reporting went to the Interfaith Voices team: Amber Khan, David Wynn, Laura Kwerel, Stephanie Lecci and Melissa Feito. Jerome Socolovsky, Jason DeRose, Diamond Kennedy and Amara Omeokwe of National Public Radio placed second. Third place was awarded to Sonia Paul, Tommy Bazarian, Andy Newman and Jocelyn Gonzales of Studio 360 (Public Radio International).

For the Excellence in Short Religion Video Award, first place was awarded to Andrew Rush of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Liz Kineke of CBS received first place in Excellence in Television News Magazine Religion Reporting.

The award for Excellence in National Network / Cable News Religion Reporting went to Kane Farabaugh of Voice of America.

Kevin Krug of KMGH-TV received first place for Excellence in Television Local News Religion Reporting.

The award for first place in Photography: Single Image went to Steve Mellon of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Second place went to Andrew Rush of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

In the Photo Series category, the photo staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette received first place. Alexandra Radu of Religion News Service was awarded second place, while the photo staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette won third place. Alexandra Radu of Religion News Service received honorable mention.

The first place award for Excellence in Nonfiction Religion Book was presented to James Hudnut-Beumler and Mark Silk for “The Future of Mainline Protestantism in America.” Second place went to Stephanie Derrick for “The Fame of C.S. Lewis: A Controversialist’s Reception in Britain and America.”

In the Chandler Award for Excellence in Student Religion Reporting, first place went to Zachary Davis of Harvard Divinity School. In second place was Lauren Jackson of the University of Oxford. Hannah Bernstein of Northeastern University won third place. Russell and M.L. Chandler generously fund the Chandler Award, a student journalism contest.

 

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