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RNA 2015 Contest Finalists
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Thank you to all of our 2015 contest entrants and congratulations to all the finalists. 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.

Newspapers & Magazines

(Cassels, Cornell, Metro, Large & Wire Service Awards, Magazine News and Magazine General Excellence)

  • Anisa Mehdi, The Islamic Monthly
  • Ashley Powers, for work at The California Sunday Magazine
  • Bobby Ross Jr., The Christian Chronicle
  • Catherine Godbey, The Decatur Daily
  • Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service
  • Christianity Today
  • Commonweal
  • Dana Massing, Erie Times-News
  • David Gibson, Religion News Service
  • David Van Biema, Time
  • Eetta Prince-Gibson, Moment
  • Elizabeth Dias, Time
  • Jane Eisner, Paul Berger, Josh Nathan-Kazis, The Jewish Daily Forward
  • Jaweed Kaleem, Huffington
  • Jennifer Berry Hawes, The Post and Courier
  • Jennifer Preyss, Victoria Advocate
  • John Smith, for work at the Reading Eagle
  • Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter
  • Judy Thomas, The Kansas City Star
  • Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News National
  • KidSpirit
  • Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service
  • Laurie Goodstein, The New York Times
  • Lilly Fowler, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News
  • Mark Oppenheimer, The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine
  • Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer
  • Michelle Bearden, for work at The Tampa Tribune
  • Moment
  • Patricia Montemurri, Detroit Free Press
  • Peggy Fletcher Stack, The Salt Lake Tribune
  • Peter Smith, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Stephanie Earls, Colorado Springs Gazette
  • Tikkun

Multiple Media

(Supple, Renner, Schachern, Short Video, Analysis, and Commentary Awards)

  • Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service
  • Alana Massey, Religion Dispatches
  • Alex Ferreira, DOCFilms
  • Amie Ferris-Rotman. Freelance
  • Ashley Powers, for work at The California Sunday Magazine
  • Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service
  • Charles M. Sennott, GlobalPost
  • 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, The 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, GlobalPost
  • 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, The Christian Science Monitor
  • Michael Orbach, Moment
  • Michael Paulson, The New York Times
  • Michelle Boorstein, The 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, The Salt Lake Tribune
  • Peter Smith, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Religion News Service staff
  • Reuters
  • Sally Morrow, Religion News Service
  • The Salt Lake Tribune
  • The Ground Truth Project on GlobalPost
  • Tiffany Stanley, National Journal
  • Tom Verde, for work at AramcoWorld
  • Tony Carnes, A Journey through NYC religions
  • Yair Rosenberg, Tablet
  • Zack Ford, ThinkProgress


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

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


(Nonfiction Award)

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

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