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FOR IMMEDIATE: RELEASE: RNA Announces 2014 Contest Finalists

Monday, May 12, 2014  
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Columbia, Mo. — Religion Newswriters Association today released the list of finalists in its 17 contests. The finalists are listed below by medium rather than contest category: Books, Broadcast, Multiple Media, Print. Winners will be notified by June 10 and made public at the RNA Annual Banquet Sept. 20, 2014, in suburban Atlanta.


The announcement is also available here:



  • Joel Baden, "The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero"
  • Kate Bowler, "Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel"
  • Jeff Chu, "Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America"
  • Larry Eskridge, "God's Forever Family: The Jesus People Movement in America"
  • Tom Krattenmaker, "The Evangelicals You Don't Know: Introducing the Next Generation of Christians"
  • Candida Moss, "The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom"
  • Judith Valente, "Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home and a Living Faith"


  • Jeff Abell & David Larson, WBFF-Baltimore
  • Center for Investigative Reporting & KQED-San Francisco
  • Adam Cotterell, KBSX-Boise State
  • Steven Cuevas, KQED-San Francisco
  • James Edwards, WGBH-Boston
  • Bob Faw, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
  • Tony Ganzer, for work at Radio Switzerland
  • Liz Harrison & Richard Harmelink, KFSN-Fresno
  • Interfaith Voices
  • Mark Johnson, CML Micro-Rwanda Freedom 2013
  • Elizabeth Kineke & Mary Alfieri, CBS
  • Kim Lawton, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
  • Eric Marrapodi & Miguel Marquez, CNN
  • Erin McPike & Eric Marrapodi, CNN
  • Kellie Moore, ColumbiaFAVS
  • Michael O'Sullivan & Deyane Moses, Voice of America
  • Monique Parsons, for work @ WBEZ-Chicago & NPR
  • Deena Prichep, for work @ NPR
  • Betty Rollin, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
  • Lucky Severson, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
  • Jerome Socolovsky, Voice of America
  • Jake Tapper & Eric Marrapodi, CNN
  • Judy Valente, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
  • Debra Gonsher Vinik, Diva Communications
  • Stuart Watson, John Gray & Corrie Harding, WCNC-Charlotte
  • Ben Winslow, KSTU-Salt Lake City



  • Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service
  • TK Barger, The Blade
  • Michelle Bearden, for work at The Tampa Tribune
  • Jason Berry, GlobalPost
  • Christa Case Bryant, Christian Science Monitor
  • Daniel Burke, CNN & work at Religion News Service
  • Jeff Chu, Beacon-Reader. com
  • Elizabeth Dias, TIME
  • Megan Fincher, National Catholic Reporter
  • Renee K. Gadoua, for work at Religion & Politics
  • David Gibson, Religion News Service
  • GlobalPost Special Reports
  • Jennifer Berry Hawes, The Post & Courier
  • Tom Heneghan, Reuters
  • Jaweed Kaleem, The Huffington Post
  • KidSpirit Online
  • Don Lattin, Spirituality & Health
  • G. Jeffrey MacDonald, Christian Science Monitor
  • Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter
  • Jonathan Merritt, Religion News Service
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Sarah Posner, Moment Magazine
  • Reading Eagle
  • Religion News Service
  • Religion & Politics
  • Yair Rosenberg, Tablet Magazine
  • Salt Lake Tribune
  • Robert Sibley, Ottawa Citizen
  • Peter Smith, for work at The Courier-Journal
  • Elizabeth Tenety, Washington Post
  • Douglas Todd, The Vancouver Sun
  • Tim Townsend, for work at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Jeffrey Weiss, for work at Real Clear Religion & CNN
  • Rhett Wilkinson, for work at Utah Policy Daily


  • Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service
  • Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service
  • TK Barger, The Blade
  • Christa Case Bryant, Christian Science Monitor
  • Christianity Today
  • Bernard T. Davidow, The Hartford Courant
  • Elizabeth Dias, TIME
  • Steve Duin, The Oregonian
  • Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post
  • David Gibson, Religion News Service
  • Catherine Godbey, The Decatur Daily
  • Laurie Goodstein, The New York Times
  • Heidi Hall, The Tennessean
  • Kevin Hardy, Chattanooga Times Free Press
  • Betsy Hiel, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  • Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman
  • Kyle D. Huckins, for work at Marion Chronicle-Tribune
  • Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Kathryn Joyce, The American Prospect
  • Jaweed Kaleem, The Huffington Post
  • Sala Levin, Moment Magazine
  • Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service
  • Bret Mavrich, for work at Christianity Today
  • Holly Meyer, Post-Crescent Media
  • Matthew Miller, Lansing State Journal
  • Moment Magazine
  • Mark Mueller, The Star-Ledger
  • Manya Brachear Pashman, Chicago Tribune
  • Jennifer Preyss, Victoria Advocate
  • Ann Rodgers, for work at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Brian Roewe, National Catholic Reporter
  • Rev. Alexander M. Santora, The Jersey Journal
  • Jeff Sheler, The Virginian-Pilot
  • Bill Sherman, Tulsa World
  • Peter Smith, for work at The Courier-Journal & Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Alessandro Speciale, Bloomberg News
  • Sojourners
  • Christie Storm, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Tikkun Magazine
  • TIME
  • Tim Townsend, for work at St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Cori Urban, The Republican
  • JoAnne Viviano, The Columbus Dispatch
  • David Waters, The Commercial Appeal
  • Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer
  • Naomi Zeveloff, Jewish Daily Foward
  • Rachel Zoll, The Associated Press


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