History

For nearly 80 years, the Religion News Service has been an authoritative source of news about religion, spirituality and ideas. With a team of correspondents around the world, RNS provides news on religion and its intersections with political and cultural issues. Our stories are distributed to the nation’s leading newspapers, news magazines, online media outlets, broadcasting firms and religious publications.

The Religious News Service was founded by journalist Louis Minsky (1909-1957), as an independent, non-profit affiliate of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. From the start, it was dedicated to providing fair, balanced, non-sectarian news about religion to the secular and religious press.

In 1983, RNS was acquired by the Dallas-based United Methodist Reporter and continued to operate as an independent news agency. In 1994, Newhouse News Service, a major publisher of daily newspapers and magazines, purchased it and changed its name to Religion News Service.

In May 2011, the Religion News Foundation (formerly Religion Newswriters Foundation) acquired Religion News Service from Advance Media (formerly Newhouse News). Today, Religion News Service, LLC, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Religion News Foundation. Tom Gallagher serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Religion News Foundation and Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of the Religion News Service, LLC.

The RNS office is located in the University of Missouri’s Journalism School, 30 Neff Annex, Columbia, Mo., 65211.

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