Faith & Values team takes home honors at 64th Religion Newswriters Association Awards for Religion Reporting Excellence

Austin, Texas — Two Faith & Values (FAVS) websites were honored Saturday, Sept. 29 at the 2013 Religion Newswriters Association Awards banquet. The contest honors religion reporting excellence in the mainstream media. Spokane Faith & Values ( won third place in the Schachern Award for Online Section of the Year, and Wilmington Faith & Values ( won an honorable mention in the RNA Radio or Podcast Religion Report of the Year Award. Editors Tracy Simmons and Amanda Greene oversee the Spokane and Wilmington sites respectively.

New Religious Art Walking Tours coming to downtown Wilmington Oct. 12 and Oct. 19





Amanda Greene, editor
Wilmington Faith & Values
P.O. Box 1517
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Phone: 910-520-3958

(Wilmington, N.C.) — Wilmington Faith & Values expands its roster of fabulous tours of downtown worship spaces this fall. The Religious Art Tours of African-American Churches will be 9-11 a.m. Oct. 12 and Oct. 19 and will feature the beauty and artistic expressions of five downtown churches. The tour will start at St.

Greene honored for work with Wilmington Faith & Values (

May 23, 2013

CONTACT: Tiffany McCallen

Wilmington, N.C. — In the last month, Wilmington Faith & Values ( Editor Amanda Greene has been honored twice for her work with the new website — first as a recipient of the 28th Annual YWCA Lower Cape Fear Women of Achievement Awards and also as a finalist in the 2013 Religion Newswriters Association Awards for Religion Reporting Excellence. Both awards commend her work with, a project Greene launched in April 2012. The site is one of five community faith news sites Religion News LLC launched in the last year, in partnership with Religion News Service, through the generosity of a grant from the Lilly Endowment. YWCA Women of Achievement Awards

Sixty-seven nominees in nine categories — arts, business, communications, education, environmental, health & wellness, public service, volunteer and the Rachel Freeman Unsung Hero Award — comprised the field in this year’s YWCA Lower Cape Fear Women of Achievement Awards. Greene took home the prize for the communications category.

Hartford Faith & Values announces June 15 walking tour of New Haven’s historic Grove Street Cemetery

For Immediate Release
May 15, 2013

Contact: Ann Marie Somma
Editor & Community Manager, Hartford Faith & Values
203-217-9510   |
(Hartford, Conn.) Hartford Faith & Values (, Connecticut’s nonsectarian, nonprofit religion news website, will host “Rest in Peace: a Walking Tour of the Historical Grove Street Cemetery” from 2 to 3 p.m. June 15, 2013. Situated adjacent to Yale University, Grove Street Cemetery is recognized as a cultural, historical and religious landmark. Incorporated in 1797, the cemetery is the final resting place for several ministers, theologians and Connecticut notables, including cotton gin inventor Eli Whitney and the inventor of vulcanized rubber, Charles Goodyear. Sarah L. Woodford, a Yale Divinity School graduate and HartfordFAVS contributor, will lead the hour-long tour of one of the earliest burial grounds in the nation to have a planned layout. The tour will feature many of the cemetery’s famous residents, along with Victorian-era rituals surrounding death, funerals, burial and mourning.

Columbia Faith & Values twice honored for Joplin mosque burning report

Radio Television Digital News Association, Missouri Broadcasters Association recognize Editor Kellie Kotraba

Columbia, Mo., April 30, 2013— Mid-Missouri’s leading source for comprehensive faith news coverage — Columbia Faith & Values ( — was recently honored twice for an audio report about a Joplin, Mo., mosque that burned. The report was aired through ColumbiaFAVS’ local partner, NPR affiliate KBIA 91.3 FM. Editor Kellie Kotraba won the Radio Television Digital News Association’s 2013 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in the “Reporting: Hard News” category for region five’s small market radio entries. The regional awards, which according to RTDNA’s website “recognize work of the highest quality produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world,” honor local newsrooms. Recipients of the RTDNA’s regional awards are automatically entered in the national Edward R. Murrow Awards, the winners of which will be announced on Columbus Day this fall in New York City. The same audio report was also announced last week as a finalist in the Missouri Broadcasters Association Awards for the feature reporting category.

Connecticut-based marks fifth faith and values community news site launch for Religion News LLC

Oct. 12, 2012
Contact: Tiffany McCallen


(Hartford, Conn.) — The recent launch of marks the fifth faith and values (FĀVS) community news site for Religion News LLC, the parent company of Religion News Service. The Connecticut-based site is a unique combination of professional and community-driven, daily content that covers all faiths, values and ethics through stories, blogs, panel questions, multimedia storytelling, social media forums and more. Hartford Courant alum and award-winning reporter Ann Marie Somma manages the site. “I’m very excited about the launch of Hartford Faith and Values and the opportunity to share stories and viewpoints of the Hartford religious community,” Somma said. faith and values community news site launches in Toledo, Ohio

Sept. 4, 2012
Contact: Tiffany McCallen

(Toledo, Ohio) — Religion News LLC this week launched its fourth faith and values (FAVS) community news site — The site is a unique combination of professional and community-driven, daily content that covers all faiths, values and ethics through stories, blogs, panel questions, multimedia storytelling, social media forums and more. Managing the site is veteran religion editor and award-winning reporter David Yonke, formerly with The Toledo Blade. “I have been working for daily newspapers for more than three decades, including the last 12 as religion editor for The Toledo Blade, and am excited to be making the transition to a web-based news site with,” Yonke said.

All FAVS positions have been filled

As of July 1, 2012, all FAVS positions with Religion News LLC have been filled. Please check back in the summer of 2013 about potential hiring announcements. Direct any hiring inquiries to: Tiffany McCallen.

Religion News announces editors for Toledo, Hartford faith news websites

Tiffany McCallen

Aug. 15, 2012

Columbia, Mo. — Former Toledo (Ohio) Blade Religion Editor David Yonke and Hartford (Conn.) Courant alum Ann Marie Somma were recently hired as editors and local community managers of Religion News LLC’s forthcoming and faith and values news sites. Their posts began in July. Somma has worked as a reporter for numerous media companies in Connecticut in the last 15 years, among them: The Waterbury-Republican American, The Danbury New Times, The Hartford Courant and most recently at WFSB-TV as a multi-media producer.

Faith and values community news site,, launches

Aug. 9, 2012
Contact: Tiffany McCallen

(Columbia, Mo.) —, a community online news publication that covers faith and values news for Columbia and mid-Missouri, is officially open for business. In the two weeks since the URL went live, Editor Kellie Kotraba has already tackled stories on Missouri’s recently passed “Right to Pray” Amendment 2, Westboro Baptist Church’s protest of local soldier’s funeral, the Chick-fil-A gay marriage controversy, local reaction to the Sikh temple shootings, Ramadan, area Vacation Bible Schools and more. In addition to engaging religion reports and dialogue, ColumbiaFAVS also provide tools to help community members explore beliefs within and outside their traditions, including:

A faith-based directory of houses of worship, businesses, organizations & educational institutions
A calendar of community events and religious holidays
Press release listings
Obituary notices is the third website in a three-year initiative of Religion News LLC, the parent company of Religion News Service, to create local religion news sites in the U.S. where faith coverage is underreported or could be expanded. The sites cover beliefs, ethics and ideas from a non-sectarian viewpoint and feature daily news and opinion content from professional and citizen journalists. partners with NPR affiliate KBIA 91.3


July 25, 2012
Contact: Tiffany McCallen

(Columbia, Mo.) — When launches this month—the third community religion news site from nonprofit Religion News LLC—fans of faith and values news will find well-crafted religion news coverage. They’ll also regularly hear professional, radio-style news stories, thanks to a new partnership with local NPR affiliate KBIA 91.3 FM. The partnership is the brainchild of RNLLC President Debra L. Mason and KBIA News Director Janet Saidi, who have both played roles in similar agreements with other media outlets. ColumbiaFAVS Editor Kellie Kotraba will oversee the weekly audio briefs and longer features that will be on both KBIA and the local “Stories about faith and values in our culture are some of the most important stories playing out in our communities, and I think public radio is the perfect venue for those stories, and to nurture the connections and conversations between the faith community and the media,” said Saidi.

Missouri grad announced as editor of new Columbia Faith and Values website

Tiffany McCallen

June 18, 2012

Columbia, Mo. — Faith and values coverage in Mid Missouri is about to get a boost. This July, Religion News LLC, the parent company of Religion News Service, will launch, a community website dedicated to religion and ethics news. Serving as editor of the site is University of Missouri graduate Kellie Kotraba. “Being the editor and community manager of ColumbiaFAVS seems like the perfect way to start my professional life,” Kotraba said.