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Winners named in RNA's 2020 Awards for Religion Reporting Excellence

Thursday, September 24, 2020  
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Winners named in RNA's 2020 Awards for Religion Reporting Excellence

 

BETHESDA, Md. ­– Religion reporters from around the world won top honors Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Religion News Association’s 71st Annual Awards Banquet.

 

Ari L. Goldman, formerly of The New York Times and a longtime religion journalism professor at Columbia University School of Journalism, was presented with the William A. Reed Lifetime Achievement Award for his exceptional long-term commitment and service to the field of religion reporting.

 

Elizabeth Dias of The New York Times won first place for Excellence in Religion Reporting—Large Newspapers and Wire Services. Michelle Boorstein of The Washington Post won second place. Third place was awarded to Yonat Shimron of Religion News Service.

 

Danae King of The Columbus Dispatch won the Cornell Award for Excellence in Religion Reporting—Mid-sized Newspapers.

 

The Cassels Award for Excellence in Religion Reporting—Small Newspapers went to Catherine Godbey of The Decatur Daily.

 

In the Award for Excellence in Religion Reporting—Online-only News Outlets, first place was awarded to Paul Glader of Religion Unplugged. Ruth Graham won second place for work done at Slate. Third place went to Saqib Rahim for work done at SB Nation.

 

First place in the Supple Award for Excellence in Religion Feature Writing went to Ruth Graham for work done at Slate, while second place went to Elizabeth Dias of The New York Times. Emma Green of The Atlantic won third place.

 

A team of reporters at The Associated Press received first place in the Gerald A. Renner Award for Excellence in Enterprise Religion Reporting. Second place went to Robert Downen, John Tedesco, Lise Olsen and Jon Shapley of the Houston Chronicle. Third place was awarded to Sarah Delia of WFAE.

 

First place for Excellence in Religion Commentary was awarded posthumously to Heidi Hall, for work done at Religion News Service and The Tennessean. Second place was awarded to Simrat Jeet Singh for work done at Religion News Service. Celia Viggo Wexler placed third for work done at the Baltimore Sun and San Francisco Chronicle.

 

First place for Excellence in Religion News Analysis was awarded to Rachel Swarns of The New York Times. Second place went to Sarah Pulliam Bailey of The Washington Post. Julie Zauzmer of The Washington Post placed third.

 

Brandon Ambrosino of Politico Magazine placed first in the award for Excellence in Magazine News Religion Reporting. Menachem Wecker won second place for work done at EducationNext and Mosaic Magazine. Third place went to Brian Roewe of National Catholic Reporter.

 

In the contest for Story of the Year, first place went to Robert Downen, John Tedesco, Lise Olsen and Jon Shapley of the Houston Chronicle. Second place went to the reporting and data teams of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Third place went to Paul Glader of Religion Unplugged.

 

 

The Award for Excellence in Magazine, Best Issue, went to Moment Magazine.

 

First place for Excellence in Radio Religion Reporting went to Doug Fabrizio of RadioWest, KUER.

 

In the contest for Best Religion Podcast, first place went to Michael J. O'Loughlin of America Magazine, while second place was awarded to Sarah Delia of WFAE.

 

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

 

Tony Carnes of A Journey Through NYC Religions received first place in Excellence in Television News Magazine Religion Reporting.

 

Josh Robin, Zoe Slemmons, Brianne Barry, Gena Wolfson, Serjio Rios, Pablo Bujosa, Andrea Marroquin, Enrique Adanez, and Sam Mark of NY1 News received first place for Excellence in Television Local News Religion Reporting.

 

The Award for Best Religion Documentary went to Gerald Krell and Adam Krell for Guru Nanak: The Founder of Sikhism - Life & Legacy.

 

The first place Award for Photography: Single Image went to Stephanie Strasburg of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

 

In the Photo Series category, first place went to Mukhtar Khan of The Associated Press.

 

The first place Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Religion Book was presented to Duncan Ryūken Williams for American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War. Second place went to Steven Waldman for Sacred Liberty: America’s Long, Bloody, and Ongoing Struggle for Religious Freedom.

 

In the Chandler Award for Excellence in Student Religion Reporting, first place went to Elizabeth Vandenboom of The King's College. In second place was Megan Botel of the University of Southern California. Diana Kruzman of New York University won third place. Russell and M.L. Chandler generously fund the Chandler Award, a student journalism contest.

 

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