Religion Dispatches

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Religion Dispatches
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EditorsEvan Derkacz and Lisa Webster
CategoriesReligion, online magazine
Year founded2007 Edit this at Wikidata

Religion Dispatches is a daily non-profit online magazine covering religion, politics, and culture. RD covers topics of religious thought, past and present, that underwrite social structures, aimed at providing a nonsectarian platform for writers representing all religious traditions, including those who identify as "spiritual, but not religious".

It was founded in 2007.[1][2] The founders were Gary Laderman, a religion studies scholar from Emory University; Linell Cady, a religion studies scholar from Arizona State University; and Evan Derkacz, a journalist who formerly wrote for AlterNet.[3] Lisa Webster, an editor and religion scholar, joined Evan as co-editor just before the magazine's launch in February 2008.

RD has won three Religion Newswriters Association (RNA) awards for Excellence in Religion Commentary and Analysis, a Wilbur Award for outstanding work by secular communicators on religion, and a Science for Religion Writers award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).[4][5][6][7] The website was also recognized as an official Nominee for Webby Awards in the Religion & Spirituality category for the 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015 Webby Awards, and as an official Honoree for Best Editorial Writing in 2016.[8][9]

In October 2013, Religion Dispatches moved to the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism's website. Diane Winston, chairman of Media and Religion at USC, heads the publication.[10]


  1. ^ "A Broader Public: Writing on Religion for a Secular Audience – A Week with Religion Dispatches’ Editors and Author Elizabeth Drescher". Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical & Cultural Research. 2014.
  2. ^ Drescher, Elizabeth. "As Religion Dispatches Turns". June 2, 2013.
  3. ^ Jeff Sharlet (Feb 7, 2008). "Religion Dispatches". The Revealer. Archived from the original on 2013-11-04.
  4. ^ "2016 RNA Contest Winners - Religion News Association & Foundation". Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  5. ^ "2015 RNA Contest Winners - Religion News Association & Foundation". Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  6. ^ "2016 Wilbur Award Winners (PDF)" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Writers, Broadcasters to Receive 'Science for Religion Reporters' Award". AAAS - The World's Largest General Scientific Society. 2016-01-04. Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  8. ^ Religion & Spirituality: Nominees. 2011 Webby Awards. Webby Awards.
  9. ^ Religion & Spirituality: Nominees. 2012 Webby Awards. Webby Awards.
  10. ^ Washington, Arlene. "Religion Dispatches Finds New Home at USC Annenberg". USC Annenberg News. October 2, 2013.

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