Religion News Service welcomes new board members, columnist

Simran Jeet Singh

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Religion News Foundation (RNF) is pleased to announce the appointments of Muhammed Chaudhry and Judith Golub to the Religion News Service (RNS) Board of Managers, and the addition of Simran Jeet Singh to the slate of RNS columnists.

Mr. Chaudhry and Ms. Golub last month joined the RNF Board of Trustees, which appoints members to the RNS Board of Managers. Mr. Chaudhry is the interim CEO of Madison, Wisc.-based Wall Family Enterprises, and past President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Ms. Golub was most recently a senior executive at the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Muhammed Chaudhry

Together, the six members of the RNS Board of Managers represent more than 100 years of religion news expertise across the journalism, academic, corporate and nonprofit sectors.

Judith Golub

“Religion News Service continues to attract outstanding board members and talented writers,” said Tom Gallagher, Religion News Service CEO and publisher. “We are very pleased to welcome Muhammed, Judy and Simran to the RNS team.”

As part of this period of transformation, RNS is also diversifying and expanding its slate of featured columnists beginning with the addition of Simran Jeet Singh, Ph.D., a national expert in religious tolerance, equity and cultural literacy.

“Simran brings a fresh voice to Religion News Service,” said G. Jeffrey MacDonald, interim editor-in-chief. “Readers will benefit from his deep and learned insight into the experiences of religious minorities and the tapestry of America's religious landscape. Issues of justice, race and spirituality will receive the thoughtful treatment they deserve in his capable hands."

Dr. Singh currently serves as the Senior Religion Fellow for the Sikh Coalition and Henry R. Luce Post-Doctoral Fellow for Religion in International Affairs at New York University’s Center for Religion and Media. Dr. Singh also serves as a Truman National Security Fellow, a term-member for the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member for the Religion News Association, and an Honorary Fellow at the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion at the University of Birmingham (UK). Dr. Singh earned an M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Columbia University, as well as an M.T.S. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Trinity University.

"I have long followed and respected Religion News Service, and I am excited to be joining as a columnist,” Dr. Singh said. “I look forward to working with the incredible group of reporters and columnists, and hope to lift up fresh stories, experiences, insights, and ideas."

“Muhammed and Judy each brings significant nonprofit finance expertise, interfaith communications experience and infectious enthusiasm for the RNS mission and vision,” said Nicole Neroulias Gupte, chair, RNS Board of Managers. “We couldn’t be more excited that they have joined our team at this pivotal moment, as we prepare to select our next editor-in-chief from over 100 applicants and implement our Global Religion Journalism Initiative and other major grants.”

Dr. Singh’s first RNS column will appear in September 2018.

Mr. Chaudhry, Ms. Golub and Dr. Singh will be among the Religion News Service representatives attending the Religion News Association’s 69th Annual Conference, Sept. 13-15, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. To register and for more information, please visit


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Religion News Foundation (RNF) is an independent educational and charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with its business office located at the Columbia, Mo.-based University of Missouri School of Journalism. RNF advances religious literacy through websites, resources, videos, podcasts, networks, training workshops, events and other programs for media professionals, corporate clients and the general public. RNF facilitates and encourages discourse about religion in a neutral and informative way without endorsing or promoting any particular belief system or point of view. RNF is the parent of Religion News Service, LLC, and a supporting organization of the Religion News Association. For more information, visit

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