Journalism Awards

Past Winners and Sample Articles

2020 Journalism Awards

First Place
Peter Smith, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Mennonites, Amish face growing recognition of widespread sexual abuse in their communities

Second Place
Jaweed Kaleem, Los Angeles Times
Sikh drivers are transforming U.S. trucking. Take a ride along the Punjabi American highway

Third Place
Kalpana Jain, The Conversation
Good wives, good soldiers: Durga Vahini women take up arms to protect Hindu identity

2019 Journalism Awards

First Place
Ian Johnson, Freelancer
#MeToo in the Monastery: A Chinese Abbot’s Fall Stirs Questions on Buddhism’s Path

Second Place
Dawn Araujo-Hawkins, Global Sisters Report
Michael Brown's death still galvanizes anti-racism efforts in Ferguson

Third Place
Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter
Exclusive: Former papal abuse commissioners want re-evaluation of group

2018 Journalism Awards

First Place
Daniel Burke, CNN
Roy Moore, Jerusalem and LGBT rights: Why is religion so divisive?

Second Place
Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service
Meet the clergy who stared down white supremacists in Charlottesville

Third Place
Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News
Serving God by suing others: Inside the Christian conservative legal movement

2017 Journalism Awards

First Place
Ariel Sabar, writing for the Atlantic and Smithsonian
The Unbelievable Tale of Jesus's Wife

Second Place
Rachel Zoll, Associated Press
Divided America: Evangelicals Feel Alienated, Anxious

Third Place
Ruth Graham, writing for the New York Times Magazine and Slate
The Professor Wore a Hijab in Solidarity—Then Lost Her Job

2016 Journalism Awards

First Place
Dawn Araujo-Hawkins, Global Sisters Report
Human Trafficking in the US: Sisters' Networks and Ministries Break the Cycle One Life at a Time

Second Place
Betsy Hiel, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Egypt's Churches Charred to Shells

Third Place
Daniel Burke, CNN
The Pope's Dark Night of the Soul

2015 Journalism Awards

First Place
Elizabeth Dias, Time
Meet the Lawyers Fighting for Religious Freedom Today Before the Supreme Court

Second Place
Daniel Burke, CNN
How to Really Measure the 'Francis Effect'

Third Place
David Ovalle, Miami Herald
As Santería Grows and Evolves, the Increasing Focus on Africa Opens Rifts Among the Sects

2014 Journalism Awards

First Place
Peggy Fletcher Stack, Salt Lake Tribune
Plight of the ERMs

Second Place
Jaweed Kaleem, Huffington Post
Family Undertaking: Home Funerals Add Intimacy to the Grieving Ritual

Third Place
Matthew Brown, Deseret News
Supreme Court Ruling 50 Years Ago Set Modern Course for Religion in Public Schools

2013 Journalism Awards

First Place
Jaweed Kaleem, Huffington Post
Buddhism's Race Problem: Buddhist 'People of Color Sanghas'

Second Place
Jessica Ravitz, CNN.com
Crossing the Plains and Kicking Up Dirt, a New Mormon Pioneer

Third Place
G. Jeffrey MacDonald, writing for the Christian Science Monitor
The New Face of Faith

2012 Journalism Awards

First Place
Sarah Breger, Moment Magazine
A Priest Bears Witness

Second Place
Brett Buckner, writing for the Anniston (Ala.) Star 
Mormons Rising

Third Place
Daniel Burke, Religion News Service
They're baaack! What's Behind the Return of the Exorcist?

2011 Journalism Awards

First Place
John Blake, CNN.com
Black preachers who 'whoop' -- minstrels or ministers?

Second Place
Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com
Amid furor, 'ground zero mosque' imam leans on interfaith crisis management team

Third Place
Jason Berry, writing for the National Catholic Reporter
Money paved way for Maciel's influence in the Vatican

2010 Journalism Awards

Contest for Journalists at News Outlets with over 100,000 Circulation

First Place
Daniel Burke, Religion News Service
From the Depths

Second Place
Todd Jones, Columbus Dispatch
Answering the Call: Day One

Third Place
Michael Paulson, Boston Globe
Faith and Good Works

Contest for Journalists at News Outlets with under 100,000 Circulation

First Place
Brett Buckner, Anniston (Ala.) Star
Origin of Debate

Second Place
John Dart, Christian Century
Study Process Aided ELCA Gay Breakthrough

Third Place
Adam Parker, Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.)
Stem Cell Future

Contest for Opinion Writing

First Place
David Gibson, PoliticsDaily.com
Queen Esther's Legacy

Second Place
Tracey O'Shaughnessy, Republican-American (Waterbury, Conn.)
Faith finds some but loses others

Third Place
Joel Engardio, WashingtonPost.com and USA Today
Our Gay Christian Neighbors

2009 Journalism Awards

Contest for Journalists at News Outlets with over 100,000 Circulation

First Place
Laurie Goodstein, New York Times
Divine Recruits

Second Place
Barbara Bradley Hagerty, National Public Radio
Obama's Religious Rhetoric Puts Faith in the Spotlight

Third Place
Michael Paulson, Boston Globe
Here's the church, but where are the people?

Contest for Journalists at News Outlets with under 100,000 Circulation

First Place
Tracy Simmons, Republican-American (Waterbury, Conn.)
Connecticut Nun and Ethicist Addresses Sexual Taboos

Second Place
Brad A. Greenberg, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles
L.A.'s Defenders of Israel

Third Place
Brett Buckner, Anniston (Ala.) Star
Called into the presence of God

Contest for Opinion Writing

First Place
David Gibson, Star-Ledger of New Jersey and Wall Street Journal
Vestments are more than just clothes for the pope

Second Place
Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun
Academic philosophers need to speak again of God

Third Place
Tom Krattenmaker, USA Today
The evangelicals you don't know

2008 Journalism Awards

Contest for Journalists at News Outlets with over 100,000 Circulation

First Place
Manya Brachear, Chicago Tribune
Race is Sensitive Subtext in Campaign

Second Place
Yaroslav Trofimov, Wall Street Journal
Borrowed Ideas

Third Place
Adam Parker, Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.)
A House Divided

Contest for Journalists at News Outlets with under 100,000 Circulation

First Place
Lee Lawrence, Christian Science Monitor
Military Chaplains: A Presbyterian Pastor Patrols With His Flock of Soldiers in Iraq

Second Place
G. Jeffrey MacDonald, Christian Science Monitor
Social Conservatives Rally an Investor Army

Third Place
Brad A. Greenberg, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles
Does Hollywood Give Jewish?

Contest for Opinion Writing

First Place
Mohamad Bazzi, The Nation and Newsday
Muqtada al-Sadr’s Power Grab

Second Place
William McKenzie, Dallas Morning News
In the Age of the Public Intellectual, Theologians Have a Role to Play

Third Place
Robert Sibley, Ottawa Citizen
Why the Force is Still With Us

2007 Journalism Awards

Contest for Journalists at News Outlets with over 100,000 Circulation

First Place
Jennifer Green, Ottawa Citizen
The Education of David Jeffrey

Second Place
Jennifer Garza, Sacramento Bee
Bridging the Divide

Third Place
Omar Sacirbey, Freelancer, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
The Clash

Contest for Journalists at News Outlets with under 100,000 Circulation

First Place
Jason Byassee, Christian Century
I was in Prison

Second Place
G. Jeffrey MacDonald, Christian Science Monitor
A Gospel's Rocky Path

Third Place
Adam Parker, Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina, USA)
March Is Act of Remembrance

Contest for Opinion Writing

First Place
Robert Sibley, Ottawa Citizen
Age of Terror, Age of Illusions

Second Place
Asra Q. Nomani, Freelancer, Morgantown, West Virgina, USA
Clothes Aren't the Issue

Third Place
Kevin Eigelbach, Cincinnati Post
 
Kinsey Blamed for Ills of Society

2006 Journalism Awards

Contest for Journalists at News Outlets with over 100,000 Circulation

First Place
Charles A. Radin, Boston Globe
Two Visions of Faith Collide

Second Place
Robert Sibley, Ottawa Citizen
The Way of Shikoku: A Pilgrim's Lot

Third Place
John Blake, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Back from the Abyss

Contest for Journalists at News Outlets with under 100,000 Circulation

First Place
Jean Gordon, Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.)
It Will Just Make Me More Spiritual

Second Place
Brett Buckner, Anniston (Ala.) Star
Staring into the Void: God and the Holocaust

Third Place
Terri Jo Ryan, Waco Tribune-Herald
Family Tree Tied to Forgotten Genocide

Contest for Opinion Writing

First Place
Naomi Schaefer Riley, Wall Street Journal
The Hard Sell

Second Place
Tracey O’Shaughnessy, Republican-American (Waterbury, Conn.)
Evolution Debate has Regressed

Third Place
Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun
Iraqi Conflict a Sectarian Civil War

2005 Journalism Awards

Contest for Journalists at News Outlets with over 100,000 Circulation

First Place
Kimberly Winston, freelance, Pinole, Calif.
Did “The Passion” Fulfill its Promise?

Second Place
Bill Tammeus, Kansas City Star
Ritual Provides a Place to Contain Pain

Third Place
David Van Biema, Time
Found in Translation

Contest for Journalists at News Outlets with under 100,000 Circulation

First Place
Linda Leicht, News-Leader, Springfield, Mo.
Debating Life’s Origins: Teachers Struggle to Learn and Present Evolution and Creationism

Second Place
Burton Bollag, Chronicle of Higher Education
Can God See the Future?

Third Place
John Dart, Christian Century
Attenders, Not Members: Join the church? Well…

Contest for Opinion Writing

First Place
Steven Waldman, Beliefnet
The Real Reasons Evangelicals Love Bush

Second Place
Tracey O’Shaughnessy, Sunday Republican (Waterbury, Conn.)
Singling Out Kerry Does the Church Harm

Third Place
Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun
Having More, Enjoying it Less

2004 Journalism Awards

Contest for Journalists at News Outlets with over 100,000 Circulation

First Place
Laurie Goodstein, New York Times
Seeing Islam as ‘Evil Faith’: Evangelicals Seek Converts

Second Place
G. Jeffrey MacDonald, Religion News Service
Behind America’s rush to memorialize death

Third Place
Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune
Hard-hit town enlists clergy’s aid

Contest for Journalists at News Outlets with under 100,000 Circulation

First Place
John Dart, Christian Century
Can Hollywood teach and inspire? Reel Faith

Second Place
Julie Marshall, Daily Camera (Boulder, CO)
A Matter of Duty: Anti-war beliefs could not be ignored, say conscientious objectors

Third Place
Jane Lampman, Christian Science Monitor
Shaping the Future of Marriage

Contest for Opinion Writing

First Place
Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun
The Dutch way of doing things

Second Place
Steven Waldman, Beliefnet
Don’t Pray American

Third Place
Bill Tammeus, Kansas City Star
Crucible for Islam

2003 Journalism Awards

Contest for Journalists at News Outlets with over 100,000 Circulation

First Place
Susan Hogan/Albach, Dallas Morning News
The Gay Divide

Second Place (tie)
Sharon Boase, Hamilton Spectator (Canada)
Retiring McMaster Theologian's Theory of God's Love Ruffles Evangelical Feathers

G. Jeffrey MacDonald, Religion News Service
Rethinking Religious Tolerance

Contest for Journalists at News Outlets with under 100,000 Circulation

First Place
Deb Richardson-Moore, Greenville (SC) News
Local Kurds United against Saddam: Simpsonville Offers Young Families a Future on a Street 'that God Built'

Second Place
Maya Kremen, Herald News (West Patterson, NJ)
Spirits of the dead: Palo Mayombe, a mixture of African and Catholic beliefs, stirs controversy

Third Place
Julie Marshall, Daily Camera (Boulder, CO)
Death and healing: First ‘patients’ teach students about medicine, compassion in cadaver lab

Contest for Opinion Writing

First Place
Deborah Caldwell, Beliefnet
How Islam Bashing Got Cool: President Bush no Longer Seems Able to Restrain Anti-Islamic Rhetoric

Second Place
Kenneth Woodward, Newsweek
In the Beginning, There Were the Holy Books

Third Place
Bill Tammeus, Kansas City Star
Where Church and State Are One: How long can Saudi Arabia’s puritanical version of Islam survive?

2002 Journalism Awards

Contest for Journalists at News Outlets with over 100,000 Circulation

First Place
Peter Smith, Louisville Courier-Journal
Cane Ridge Meeting House: 1801 Revival Reverberates today

Second Place
Michael Paulson, Boston Globe
On Ash Wednesday, A Wider Observance

Third Place
Dave Gibson, (Newark) Star-Ledger
Losing the Holy War; No Hope in Faith-based Programs

Contest for Journalists at News Outlets with under 100,000 Circulation

First Place
Beth McMurtrie, Chronicle of Higher Education
3 Theologians Face a Dilemma for Themselves, Their Colleges, and the Church

Second Place
John Dart, Christian Century
Simpsons Have Soul

Third Place
Jane Lampman, Christian Science Monitor
Morality and War

Contest for Opinion Writing

Winner Deborah Caldwell, Beliefnet
The Rumor: A Surprising Number of Muslims Are Asking Whether Israel Was behind the Attacks

2001 Journalism Awards

Over 100,000 circulation

Richard N. Ostling, Associated Press

Under 100,000 circulation

Rhonda Parks Manville, Santa Barbara News-Press

Opinion Writing

Bill Tammeus, Kansas City Star

2000 Journalism Awards

First Place
Carol McGraw, Orange County Register

Second Place
Bill Broadway, Washington Post

Third Place
Bruce Bryant-Friedland, Florida Times-Union