Moni Basu, a former writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, has won the top two prizes, for reporting and writing, from the Religion Newswriters Association. Basu chronicled firsthand the gritty experiences of a military chaplain in Baghdad and at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Basu left the paper last May and now works for CNN. Gayle White, retired religion reporter at the Atlanta newspaper, was honored with the RNA’s 2009 lifetime achievement award. The journalists’ organization, meeting in Minneapolis September 10-13, also elected as president reporter Steve Maynard of the Tacoma, Washington–based News Tribune. He succeeds editor Kevin Eckstrom of Religion News Service.


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