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Religion News Service celebrates Wilbur Award wins


Religion News Service (RNS) is pleased to announce that columnist Jeffrey Salkin and the podcast “Saved by the City,” hosted by Roxanne Stone and Katelyn Beaty and produced by Jonathan Woodward, have been awarded 2022 Wilbur Awards.

“What an honor for our team to win these awards,” said RNS publisher Deborah Caldwell. “The RNS reporters, commentary writers, editors and producers work hard every day covering the world of religion and faith. I’m so happy their creativity and passion for excellence are being noticed and rewarded.”

“Saved by the City” won the award for Radio or Podcasts: Series of programs (two or more).

“I’m grateful to have received this award with my colleagues Roxanne and Katelyn. It has been a pleasure working with them, and I look forward to many more episodes. I’m also grateful for the support for our podcast from the entire Religion News Service team. Without their support, this podcast would not have been possible,” said Woodward.

Jeffrey Salkin won the Online Communications: Blog award for his longstanding RNS column “Martini Judaism.”

“I am honored to win the 2022 Wilbur Award for best religion blog of the year. In many ways, it is an “amen” to my life mission — to raise consciousness, and awaken people, and to restore religion to its role as a take-no-prisoners, speak truth to power way of life. I am proud of my association with Religion News Service, and I am profoundly grateful to have earned a literary and spiritual home on that site,” said Salkin.

Since 1949, the Wilbur Awards have been presented annually to recognize excellence in the communication of religious issues, values, and themes in public secular media. Through the awards, the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) recognizes the work of individuals, production companies and agencies as they communicate about religious issues, values and themes with professionalism, fairness, respect and honesty. 

The award ceremony was held virtually on Friday, May 13.


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