Finalists named for Religion News Association national awards — and I made the list

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By Bobby Ross Jr.

The Religion News Association announced the finalists this week for its 2019 Awards for Religion Reporting Excellence.

I’m a finalist for reporting at magazines and non-daily newspapers.

My entry portfolio included these three stories:

• Tears and fears: Church teen killed by Arkansas police (reporting from North Little Rock, Ark.): Loved ones struggle to understand why 17-year-old opened fire during traffic stop.

• Marshall Keeble’s ‘boy preachers’ still baptizing and saving souls (reporting from Los Angeles): Famous traveling evangelist mentored many of the most influential African-American ministers in Churches of Christ.

• 18 wheels and a heart to serve (reporting from Panama City, Fla.): After Hurricane Michael, a retired Christian steers a big rig full of food and emergency supplies to hard-hit Florida.

I was honored to win first place in this category in 2013. I have been an RNA contest finalist four other times with the Chronicle and twice with The Associated Press. Winners of the 2019 awards will be announced at RNA’s annual meeting in Las Vegas in September.

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