ZENGER PRIZE WINNERS 2022
The New York Times, May 20, 2022
For an extraordinary pro-life piece by a Christian doctor in Kenya.
Angela Lu Fulton
WORLD Magazine, September 9, 2021
For the last in an incisive series of articles on the struggles of Christians in China.
The Atlantic, May 10, 2022
For street-level reporting that spotlights problems within evangelicalism without attacking biblical belief.
Sophia Lee Hyun
WORLD Magazine, November 27, 2019
For reporting in a conservative magazine that cuts against callousness concerning the border crisis.
Christianity Today, September 20, 2021
For showing specific detail of how a famous author lives—and not leaving out the misery that led to breakthrough.
Yahoo! News, August 2, 2019
For an investigative story that explains why many African-Americans are skeptical about election reform measures that restrict voting.
CNN, May 21, 2019
For street-level reporting about Richard Phillips, who served the longest known wrongful prison sentence in American history.
The Guardian, July 19, 2019
For international reporting that shows how pastors helped hardened gang members to change their lives.
Zenger Prizes are the successor to the Amy Writing Awards administered by the Amy Foundation for 31 years through 2015. Prizes honor journalists whose work displayed solid reporting and storytelling.
Zenger Prize Winners' Recent Work
April 21, 2023/ "The deputy and the disappeared"
In a long-form article for CNN, Thomas Lake explores a deputy sheriff's apparent connection to two missing men of color.
April 17, 2023/ "Seeking Absolution: Inside The Jesus Movement That Shaped My Childhood"
Yahoo! News Chief National Correspondent Jon Ward, on Religion Unplugged, shares an excerpt from his latest book, “Testimony: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Failed a Generation.”
March 24, 2023/ "Donald Trump Is on the Wrong Side of the Religious Right"
The Atlantic's Tim Alberta claims, "Evangelical leaders are abandoning the former president, and his Republican rivals are scrambling to win their support."
February 16, 2023/ "Radical beliefs in 'spiritual warfare' played a major role in Jan. 6, an expert argues"
Jon Ward for Yahoo! News: "Religious scholar Matthew D. Taylor says the rhetoric of Christian nationalist pastors can tip over into actual violence."
February 15, 2023/ "Requiem for the Spartans"
Michigan State graduate Tim Alberta reflects on how the February 13th shooting at his alma mater has already changed the campus.
February 13, 2023/ "Ministers in Ukraine Are ‘Ready to Meet God at Any Moment’"
After a recent reporting trip to the war-torn country, Sophia Lee reports that "pastors and church leaders who stayed behind serve as if every day might be their last."
February 11, 2023/ "America Has Gone Too Far in Legalizing Vice"
In his debut for The Atlantic, Matthew Loftus considers how lawmakers restrict or permit the entrenchment of vice.
January 3, 2023/ "A Poet for 'Bruised Evangelicals'"
Kara Bettis offers another engaging profile in Christianity Today, this time of "Anglican priest, poet, academic, and singer-songwriter" Malcolm Guite.
October - December 2022/ The James Brown Podcast
For CNN, Thomas Lake explores the mysterious circumstances around the death of "The Godfather of Soul."