Religion writers in Atlanta and Russia win top honors

Posted: Friday, September 12, 2003

SEATTLE (AP) A reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a Russia-based freelancer won top prizes in the annual Religion Newswriters Association contest, and The Dallas Morning News religion section was honored for the seventh time in the past nine years.

The prizes were announced at the annual meeting of the association for religion specialists in secular media.

Gayle White of the Atlanta paper won the Religion Reporter of the Year award for the second time, while the Religion Writer of the Year award went to Frank Brown, who writes from Moscow for the Washington-based, nonsectarian Religion News Service.

The Dallas section, edited by Bruce Tomaso, was named the best among larger newspapers. Other award-winning sections were at The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press, edited by Charles Honey, and the Altoona (Pa.) Mirror, edited by Linda Gracey.

Prizes for reporters on smaller newspapers went to Eric Gorsky, now of The Denver Post, for work at The Gazette of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Gloria LaBounty of The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro, Mass.

Broadcast awards went to Deryl Davis of PBS's ''Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly,'' Amy George of WHNT-TV in Huntsville, Ala., and Hillary Wicai of KWMU-FM in St. Louis.

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