Christian Examiner named top Christian newspaper in North America


CHICAGO — The Christian Examiner received the highest honor for Christian newspapers at a press convention for Christian periodicals in Chicago on May 6. The annual convention of the Evangelical Press Association was held at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville, south of Wheaton.

EPA sponsors an annual contest that recognizes the best in writing, editing, design, and other aspects of publishing for more than 300 Christian magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and online publications from all over the United States and Canada.

"(A) very professional publication with a smart range of articles that speak directly to this audience," the judge wrote about the Christian Examiner. "A refreshing, uplifting, thoughtful read."

The judge also said the newspaper had colorful writing, solid design, and an engaging mix of great news.

The Christian Examiner, which is published by the Selah Media Group, had received numerous Awards of Merit in previous years, but this was its first Award of Excellence for first place.

Awards of Merit for Christian newspapers this year went to the Minnesota Christian Chronicle, also published by the Selah Media Group, the Kansas City Metro-Voice and Living Stones in Duluth, Minn.

More awards
The Christian Examiner was also recognized with a first place Higher Goals award for Best Interview Article among all EPA member publications. The article, "Bum Rap: Encounter with Jesus, Jewish advocate transforms homeless man," was written by managing editor Lori Arnold.

"Wow! This is how an interview, or series of interviews, should be told," wrote the judge.

Rounding out the EPA awards was a third place Higher Goals award for Single-Theme Issue for the 44-page event program published for the San Diego CityFest with Luis Palau last September.

"Since 1988 our focus at the Christian Examiner has been to consistently provide our readers with the best possible news content on issues of vital importance to believers," said publisher Lamar Keener. "These awards are a significant validation of that commitment. In recent years, Christian newspapers nationwide have made great strides in producing professional, high-quality publications. To be considered among the elite is an honor."

Regional newspaper awards
The Fellowship of Christian Newspapers also passed out its annual awards at the convention. FCN, an affinity group within EPA, is made up of several dozen regional Christian newspapers across North America.

The Christian Examiner received six awards, including the Newspaper of the Year for first place overall. A first place award was also received in the Interview category. Second place awards were received for Personality Feature and General Article—Long. A fourth place award was received for Reporting, and a fifth place award for General Article—Short.

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The co-publisher for the Christian Examiner, Theresa Keener, was elected to the Evangelical Press Association board of directors during the annual convention in Chicago. The four-year term includes two years as president-elect followed by two years as president.

Keener is the co-owner with her husband, Lamar, of Selah Media Group, which publishes a network of six regional Christian newspapers in California, Washington and Minnesota. She is also the web developer and content manager for, which has previously been honored by EPA with a second place Higher Goals award for online publications.

Keener has been a member of EPA for more than two decades, and has previously served on the board as treasurer. She also founded and chaired the board of a Christian non-profit pregnancy center in El Cajon, Calif. She is the mother of four and grandmother of five.

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