Finalists for the 2021 Awards for Religion Reporting Excellence

Here are the journalists, authors and news outlets named as finalists in the 2021 RNA Awards for Religion Reporting Excellence. The top finishers will be revealed Oct. 7 in a virtual ceremony. Winners will also be celebrated at RNA’s 2022 Annual Conference.


The Associated Press
Sarah Pulliam Bailey, The Washington Post
Adele M. Banks, Religion News Service
John Beck, Moment Magazine
Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post
Jillian Cheney, Religion Unplugged
Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt, The Forward
Christianity Today
Jeff Chu, freelancer
Mari Cohen, Jewish Currents
David Crary The Associated Press
Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News
Elizabeth Dias, The New York Times
Elizabeth Dias & Ryan Christopher Jones, The New York Times
Julia Duin, for work done at &
Rebecca Epstein-Levi, for work done at Bitch Media and the Revealer
Ari Feldman, The Forward
Tom Gjelten & Jason DeRose, NPR
Paul Glader and Michael Ray Smith,
Paul Glader, Michael Ray Smith, Micah Danney,
Global Sisters Report
Ruth Graham, The New York Times
Emma Green, The Atlantic
Nate Guidry, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Jennifer Berry Hawes, The Post and Courier
Andre Henry, for work done at Religion News Service
Douglas Hook, MassLive
Kalpana Jain, Harvard Divinity Bulletin
John Gehring, for work done at The Washington Post & Commonweal
Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service
Jude Joffe-Block, Cheryl Devall, Tarek Fouda and Judy Silber, KALW’s The Spiritual Edge
Ryan Jones, The New York Times
Jaweed Kaleem, Los Angeles Times
Jaweed Kaleem, Molly Hennessy-Fiske & Richard Read, Los Angeles Times
Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil, Christian Century
Abbot Koloff & Deena Yellin, The Record/
Carol Kuruvilla, HuffPost
Joshua Leifer, Jewish Currents
Britta Lokting & Sam Adler-Bell, Jewish Currents
Ian Lovett, The Wall Street Journal
Ian Lovett & Rachel Levy, The Wall Street Journal
Wyatt Massey, Chattanooga Times Free Press
Holly Meyer, The Tennessean
Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service
Tricia L. Nadolny, USA TODAY
Sarah Ngu, Religion & Politics
Kaya Oakes, for work done at the Revealer, RNS and America
Manya Brachear Pashman, for work done at the Chicago Tribune & The Times of Israel
Abigail Pogrebin & Jodi Rudoren, Forward
Tia Pratt, for work done at Commonweal, NCR and the Revealer
Alexandra Radu, Religion Unplugged
The Revealer
Bobby Ross Jr., The Christian Chronicle
Bobby Ross Jr., Cheryl Mann Bacon, Chellie Ison & Hamil R. Harris, The Christian Chronicle
Holly Lebowitz Rossi, for work done at Religion News Service
Heidi Schlumpf, National Catholic Reporter
Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service
Daniel Silliman, Christianity Today
Simran Jeet Singh, Religion News Service
Peter Smith, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Barbara Sostaita, Bitch Magazine
Liam Stack, The New York Times
Dan Stockman, Global Sisters Report
Elena Trueba, Religion & Politics
Erik Tryggestad, The Christian Chronicle
Jessi Wardarski, The Associated Press
Menachem Wecker, Playboy, Mosaic & National Catholic Reporter
Celia Viggo Wexler, for work done at NBC News & Religion Unplugged
Kimberly Winston, Religion Unplugged
Talya Zax, the Forward


Kaitlin B. Curtice, “Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God”
Melinda Lundquist Denton and Richard Flory, “Back-Pocket God: Religion and Spirituality in the Lives of Emerging Adults”
David J Halperin, “Intimate Alien: The Hidden Story of the UFO”
Jack Jenkins, “American Prophets: The Religious Roots of Progressive Politics and the Ongoing Fight for the Soul of the Country”
Robert P. Jones, “White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity”
Betsy Gaines Quammen, “America Zion: Cliven Bundy, God, and Public Lands in the West”
Ariel Sabar, “Veritas: A Harvard Professor, a Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife”
Katherine Stewart, “The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism”
Krithika Varagur, “The Call: Inside the Global Saudi Religious Project”
Pamela Ayo Yetunde & Cheryl A. Giles, “Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us about Race, Resilience, Transformation, and Freedom”

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