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.
WATCH: An extended (17-minute) video shows the inaugural Zenger Prize winners commenting on their work and the impetus behind it.
The Guardian, July 19, 2019
For international reporting that shows how pastors helped hardened gang members to change their lives.
WATCH: This 4.5-minute video shows how the first class of Zenger Prize winners exhibits some of Zenger House's core tenets.
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
August 12, 2023/ "What the New Wave of Prison Art Tells Us About Incarceration Today"
Maurice Chammah's latest for The Marshall Project: "From LEGO sculptures to psychedelic quilts, several new exhibits convey the prison experience in ways that transcend words alone."
July 5, 2023/ "The Young Christian Who Took Johnson & Johnson to Court"
Emily Belz for Christianity Today profiles Hanna Wilt, who "testified to God’s presence in a terminal diagnosis while pursuing a case against [Johnson & Johnson] over its baby powder."
June 10, 2023/ "A Battle Over First Amendment Rights in Prisons"
Maurice Chammah co-writes an article for The Marshall Project about New York's attempts to limit prisoners' writings and artistic works.
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 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."
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.