#RNA2019 awards honor nation's top religion writers – many of these names will be familiar

GetReligion | 9/22/2019 | Bobby Ross Jr.
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In a post last year, I described Emma Green’s piece for The Atlantic headlined “The Jews of Pittsburgh Bury Their Dead” as one of the best religion stories of 2018.

“It’s remarkable in a number of ways,” I wrote. “The strength of the idea and the implementation of it. The quality of the writing and the specific details contained therein. The depth of the religious knowledge and the ability to convey it in understandable prose.”

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Green has established herself as one of the nation’s preeminent religion journalists, and it could be argued — especially after Saturday night — that she occupies that top spot all alone, especially in magazine work blending news reporting and commentary.

Here’s what I mean: At the Religion News Association’s annual awards banquet here in Las Vegas, Green got plenty of exercise walking back and forth from her seat to pick up first-place awards.

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She won top honors in three categories: for the Supple Award for Excellence in Religion Feature Writing, for Excellence in Religion News Analysis and for Excellence in Magazine News Religion Reporting. A video of the awards banquet can be viewed online.

At some point, RNA typically posts links to all the winners’ stories, but I don’t see that as I’m typing this. However, I believer hearing reference to Green’s extraordinary story that I mentioned above.

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I was honored to receive third place in the magazine/non-daily reporting category behind Green and Tiffany Stanley of the Washington Post Magazine. In case my mother is reading, my portfolio included stories on a church’s response to a police shooting in North Little Rock, Ark., on “boy preachers” mentored by the late traveling evangelist Marshall Keeble and on a disaster relief truck driver’s all-night ride from Nashville, Tenn., to hurricane-battered Panama City, Fla.

“I’m just glad Emma can win only one place...
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