Religion News Service

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Religion News Service is a news agency about religion, ethics, spirituality and moral issues. Based in Washington, D.C., RNS has a network of correspondents around the world, providing news and information on all faiths and religious movements to the nation's leading newspapers, news magazines, broadcast organizations and religious publications. RNS wire reports are distributed to more than 170 media outlets that include The Washington Post, Huffington Post, National Public Radio, and Chicago Tribune as well as religious outlets such as America Magazine, Sojourners, Christian Century, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, and Tricycle. The total circulation of these outlets exceeds 100 million readers.

RNS is owned by Religion News LLC, a non-profit, limited liability corporation based at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. The RNS Advisory Board includes notable experts such as Gustav Niebuhr (Syracuse University), Ari L. Goldman (Columbia University), Charles C. Haynes (First Amendment Center), and Thomas Asher of the Social Science Research Council.[1]

Religion News Service was founded in 1934 by National Conference of Christians and Jews. It is a secular news agency that does not endorse or promote any particular religion, creed beliefs, or non-beliefs.[2] The United Methodist Reporter bought RNS in 1983, and in 1994, Newhouse News Service, a major publisher of daily newspapers and magazines, purchased it and changed its name to Religion News Service. In 2011, RNS was sold to an affiliated nonprofit of the Religion Newswriters Association.[3]

The current Editor-in-Chief is Kevin Eckstrom, who joined RNS in 2000 and became editor in 2006.[4] He replaced David E. Anderson who had been covering religion news for more than 30 years and is now Senior Editor of RNS. In 2007, Eckstrom was elected president of the Religion Newswriters Association.[5]

RNS is currently syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate.


  1. ^ "Religion News Service - Coverage of religion, ethics and spirituality from around the globe". Religion News Service. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "About - Religion News Service". Religion News Service. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
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  4. ^ "Religion News Service Promotes Eckstrom", Editor and Publisher, May 6, 2005.
  5. ^ "Staff - Religion News Service". Religion News Service. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 

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