I was honored to be named as a finalist this week for the Religion News Association’s 2020 Awards for Religion Reporting Excellence.
My portfolio in the category for best reporting at non-daily newspapers and magazines included:
• “Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly returning to Africa as medical missionary” from Fort Worth, Texas.
• “Texas church grieves, prays, sings after deadly shooting” from White Settlement, Texas, with this sidebar.
My individual honors included:
• First place for in-depth enterprise and investigative reporting for my coverage of “A perpetrator in the pews” (previously recognized by the Associated Church Press and the Evangelical Press Association).
• First place for diversity reporting for coverage of Oklahoma Christian University’s efforts at racial reconciliation. The winning entry featured Erik Tryggestad’s in-depth feature “After 50 years, an apology” and my news story on the Christian university changing the name of its auditorium amid concerns about a racist statement attributed to the previous namesake.
• Third place for criminal justice reporting for my coverage of the Botham Jean shooting case, including an interview with the beloved Dallas West Church of Christ member’s parents and a news story on Brandt Jean forgiving the police officer who killed his brother.