Wilbur Awards

2015 Wilbur Awards

Entry Deadline: February 4, 2015

For more than 64 years, the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) has promoted excellence in the communications of religious faith and positive values in the public arena while encouraging understanding among faith groups.

RCC presents Wilbur Awards to encourage and recognize the work of individuals as they communicate about religions issues, values and themes; with professionalism, fairness and honesty.

2014 Wilbur Awards News

GBC Leader Hosts Prestigious Wilbur Awards (April 15)

CBS News, Religion News Service Combine for 7 Wilbur Awards (April 5)

2014 Wilbur Awards program and winners list PDF file (April 5)

Religion News Service wins three Wilbur Awards (March 7)

CBS wins 4 Wilbur Awards (March 5)


2014 Wilbur Awards Photos

Awards Ceremony: Saturday, April 5, 2014 at The Inn at Opryland, Nashville, TN

(Full size images of photos taken at the awards ceremony are available in the RCC 2014 - Wilbur Awards set on the RCC Flickr site.)

 Wilbur Awards Leadership Team

Anuttama Dasa, Wilbur Awards emcee; Andy Rawls, Wilbur Awards producer; Jay Rollins, RCC President; Shirley Struchen, RCC Executive Director.

Photo by Donald Struchen

 Wilbur Awards Recipients and Participants

Front row (from left): Dennis Harmon, creator of the stained-glass Wilbur trophy; TBA; Elizabeth Dabney Hochman, founding editor KidSpirit; Jonah Kaplan, reporter / photographer, KSPR-TV, Springfield, Mo.; Steve Duin, columnist for The Oregonian; Barbara Simon, producer, CBS This Morning; Anuttama Dasa, Wilbur Awards emcee; Andy Rawls, Wilbur Awards producer.

Back row (from left): Laura Kwerel, senior producer, Interfaith Voices; John P. Blessington, executive producer, CBS Religion and Culture; David Aretha, author; Mark Gruetze, administrative editor, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; Adelle Banks, author with Religion News Service.

Photo by George Conklin

 Wilbur Awards Emcee

Anuttama Dasa, Director of Communications for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), a monotheistic Vaishnava Hindu tradition, served as emcee for the Wilbur Awards.

Photo by George Conklin

 Books, Audio/Fiction

The Fall of the Kings by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman, co-authors; Sue Zizza and Ellen Kushner, producers, SueMedia Productions.

Sue Zizza accepted the award by video.

 Books, Fiction

The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom, HarperCollins Publishers.

Mitch Albom accepted the award by video.

 Books, Nonfiction

Happier Endings, A Meditation on Life and Death by Dr. Erica Brown, Simon & Schuster.

Dr. Erica Brown accepted the award by video.

 Books, Youth Nonfiction

Out in Front: Malala Yousafzai and the Girls of Pakistan by David Aretha, Morgan Reynolds Publishing.

Jay Rollins, President of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to David Aretha.

Photo by George Conklin

 Digital Communications, Faith-based Blogs

"Jonathan Merritt on Faith & Culture" by Jonathan Merritt, Religion News Service.

  • "The Church in the Land of Climate Change," May 29, 2013
  • "What Southern Baptists Must Do to Slow Their Decline," June 11, 2013
  • "Transgender Issues Are More Complicated than Some Christians Portray," Aug. 19, 2013

Jay Rollins, President of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Adelle Banks, author with Religion News Service.

Photo by George Conklin

 Digital Communications, Multimedia

"The March" by Adelle M. Banks and team, Religion News Service.

Jay Rollins, President of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Adelle Banks.

Photo by George Conklin

 Digital Communications, Online News Stories

"One Woman's Journey Out of Faith, Family and Fear" by Kimberly Winston, Religion News Service.

Jay Rollins, President of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Adelle Banks, author with Religion News Service.

Photo by George Conklin

Feature Films, Drama

"The Christmas Candle," Impact Productions. John Stephenson, director; Tom Newman and Hannah Leader, producers; Eric Newman and Candace Lee, Screenwriters.

Jay Rollins, President of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Jeff Sheets, president of EchoLight Studios, the distribution company for the film.

 Magazine Articles, Online

KidSpirit Online, "Interfaith Connections Column," Elizabeth Dabney Hochman, founding editor.

Jay Rollins, President of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Elizabeth Dabney Hochman.

Photo by George Conklin

 Magazines, National or Top-15 Markets

The American Prospect, "The Homeschool Apostates" by Kathryn Joyce, November/December 2013.

Kathryn Joyce accepted the award by video.

 Magazines, Other Markets

Princeton Alumni Weekly, "Journey of Humility: Discourses on Faith" by Jeff Chu, June 5, 2013.

Jeff Chu sent a written acceptance of the award which was read by Anuttama Dasa, Wilbur Awards emcee.

 Newspapers, national markets

The Christian Science Monitor Weekly, "Healing Newtown," by G. Jeffrey MacDonald, March 11, 2013.

Jeffrey MacDonald accepted the award by video.

 Newspapers, Online Content

The Huffington Post, "Boston Muslims Respond to Marathon Attacks" (three-story package) by Jaweed Kaleem

  • "Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Suspected Boston Bomber, May Not Get Islamic Funeral From Wary Muslims," April 20, 2013
  • "Boston Bombings Leave Muslim Groups Struggling To Respond," April 25, 2013
  • "Muslims Focus On Online Extremism, Radicalization After Boston Bombings," June 6, 2013

Jaweed Kaleem send a written acceptance of the award which was read by Anuttama Dasa, Wilbur Awards emcee.

 Newspapers, Other Markets: Articles

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "Coptic Christians Under Attack" by Betsy Hiel, reporter; Aug. 15-Dec. 25, 2013.

Jay Rollins, President of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Mark Gruetze, Administrative Editor, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Photo by George Conklin

 Newspapers, Other Markets: Columns, Commentary

The Oregonian, columns by Steve Duin:

Jay Rollins, President of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Steve Duin.

Photo by George Conklin

 Radio, Series

Interfaith Voices. God and Government: Egypt in Crisis, Maureen Fiedler, host; Laura Kwerel, senior producer; Kimberly Adams, reporter.

Jay Rollins, President of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Laura Kwerel.

Photo by George Conklin

 Radio, Single Program

Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Radio, "Tapestry," The Irascible Pastor, Mary Hynes, host; Elizabeth Bowie, Diane Eros, Steve McNally, producers; Dave Field, recording engineer. Nov. 22, 2013.

Mary Hynes accepted the award by video.

 Television and Cable, Documentary

CBS Religion and Culture, "What's So Funny About Religion?" John P. Blessington, executive producer, Elizabeth ( Liz) Kineke, producer, June 30, 2013.

Jay Rollins, President of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to John Blessington.

Photo by George Conklin

 Television and Cable, Drama

"The Bible," The History Channel and LightWorkers Media. Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, executive producers; Crispin Reece, Tony Mitchell, Christopher Spencer, directors.

Roma Downey accepted the award by video.

Television and Cable, Made-for-TV Movie

"Twist of Faith," Daniel H. Blatt, Craig Baumgarten and Andrew Howard, executive producers; Paul A. Kaufman, director; Joyce Gittlin, Janet Fattal and Stephen Tolkin, writers; Lifetime Television.

Craig Baumgarten sent a written acceptance which was read by Anuttama Dasa, Wilbur Awards emcee.

 Television and Cable, News: Local

KSPR-TV, Springfield, Mo., "KSPR's Journey To Jerusalem," Jonah Kaplan, reporter/photographer, Bridget Lovelle, producer, Feb. 24-28, 2013.

Jay Rollins, President of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Jonah Kaplan.

Photo by George Conklin

 Television and Cable, News: National Syndication

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, "The Life of Dorothy Day," Deborah Potter, correspondent; Phil O'Connor, producer; Arnold Labaton, executive producer; Feb. 8, 2013.

Deborah Potter accepted the award via video.

 Television and Cable, News: Network or National Syndication

CBS This Morning, "The Francis Effect," Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell, hosts; Barbara Simon, producer; Katy Conrad, editorial producer; Chris Licht, executive producer; Ryan Kadro, senior producer, Nov. 13, 2013.

Jay Rollins, President of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Barbara Simon.

Photo by George Conklin

 Television and Cable, TV News

CBS Sunday Morning, "Keeping The Faith," Michelle Miller, correspondent; Sari Aviv and Lauren Barnello, producers, March 31, 2013.

Michelle Miller and Lauren Barnello accepted the award via video.

 Television and Cable, TV News: Network

CBS News, 60 Minutes, "The American Nuns," Bob Simon, correspondent; Andrew Metz, Tanya Simon, producers; Jeff Fager, executive producer; March 17, 2013.

Bob Simon accepted the award via video.

Current Award Winners

2014 (for work completed in 2013)

Previous Award Winners

2013 (for work completed in 2012)

2012 (for work completed in 2011)

2011 (for work completed in 2010)

2010 (for work completed in 2009)

2009 (for work completed in 2008)

2008 (for work completed in 2007)

2007 (for work completed in 2006)

2006 (for work completed in 2005)

2005 (for work completed in 2004)

2004 (for work completed in 2003)

2003 (for work completed in 2002)

2002 (for work completed in 2001)

2001 (for work completed in 2000)

2000 (for work completed in 1999)

For more information about the Religion Communicators Council or to become a member, please contact:

Shirley Struchen
Phone: 212-870-2402
E-mail: sstruchen@rcn.com

 
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