October 5, 2004

David E. Anderson, the departing editor of Religion News Service, was given two honors last month. The Religion Newswriters Association gave him its William A. Reed Lifetime Achievement Award September 11, and he was honored two days later by the interfaith Religion Communicators Council with the first-ever Winston Taylor Religious Communicator of Values Award. Anderson, 63, is moving to Montana with his family and will continue as senior editor with RNS and as a consultant with the Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly TV program on PBS. The top RNA news awards went to Sandi Dolbee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, who won the $3,500 Templeton Reporter of the Year Award; Eric Gorski of the Denver Post, named the Supple Religion Writer of the Year; and Rukmini Maria Callimachi of the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Illinois, the winner of a new award, the John M. Templeton Religion Story of the Year, for a series about Indian immigrants in suburban Chicago.