I was blessed to receive 10 honors — including first place in four categories — in the Associated Church Press “Best of the Church Press” contest.
The awards, presented in a virtual awards ceremony March 19, recognized content produced in 2019.
In all, The Christian Chronicle received 16 awards — including the top prize as best newspaper.
In case my mother is reading, here is a list of my awards:
First Place, News Story, for “A perpetrator in the pews” from Uniontown, Pa.
First Place, In-Depth Coverage, for sex abuse stories, including “A perpetrator in the pews,” “Tell somebody. Don’t keep quiet,” “Stunning reversal” and “It’s time to talk about predators in the church.”
First Place, National or International Newspaper, for The Christian Chronicle (Staff Award).
First Place, Social Media Presence, for The Christian Chronicle (with Chellie Ison and Erik Tryggestad).
Second Place, In-depth Coverage, for “Guilty and forgiven” from Searcy, Ark., with related story “To Botham Jean’s parents, shooting still feels ‘as if it just happened'” from Dallas.
Second Place, Feature Article, for “From global justice champion to Christian university president” from Malibu, Calif.
Second Place, Theme Issue, Section or Series, for “Is the Holy Land the Promised Land?” my related column “In Israel, a missile attack and a monk stir reflection” and “Churches of Christ in the Holy Land” by Erik Tryggestad.
Second Place, Publication Website, for ChristianChronicle.org (staff award).
Third Place, Feature Article, for “Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly returning to Africa as medical missionary” from Fort Worth, Texas.
Third Place, Personal Experience (Short Format), for “In Israel, a missile attack and a monk stir reflection” from Jerusalem.