Christian Examiner wins top reporting award


NASHVILLE — The Christian Examiner was awarded first place in Reporting at the annual Evangelical Press Association convention held May 1 to 3 in Nashville. The award was one of four the newspaper took home for work published during 2012.

The winning entry, beating out second place finisher Christianity Today, was "No Room at the Inn," written by editor Lori Arnold. The story was about the tragic murder of a homeless Orange County man who was unable to find a place to live due to other unfortunate circumstances in his life.

The judge said, "Excellent telling of a story through a mother's eyes. Evokes compassion for one of society's outcasts. A great topical fit for a Christian publication. Courageous, compassionate reporting. Well done."

The first place award was the second top award in three years for Arnold, who is the editor for the California editions of the Christian Examiner. A 2010 article, ironically also about a homeless man, won first place in the Interview category two years ago.

The Christian Examiner's Minnesota edition also won in the Reporting category. Editor Scott Noble was awarded fifth place for "Rebuilding Lives: Salvation Army's ARC Helps Men Turn Lives Around."

Noble's series, "Every Nation, Tribe, People and Language," was awarded fourth place in the Article Series category. It was his second award in consecutive years for that category.

The Christian Examiner was again recognized for its overall publication with an Award of Merit for newspapers.

Between the California and Minnesota editions, the Christian Examiner continues to be the most awarded Christian newspaper over the past three decades.

Keener assumes role of president
During the Nashville convention, Christian Examiner co-publisher and web developer Theresa Keener was installed as the next president of the association. She will chair the board of directors for the next two years.

With Keener's election to that role, she and her husband Lamar become the first married couple to have each served as president of the 65-year-old association. Lamar was president from 2007 to 2009.

The Evangelical Press Association is the professional membership association for the Christian periodical industry. Founded in 1948 with the help of Billy Graham, there are currently more than 300 members throughout the United States and Canada.

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