2023 Zenger Prize
ZENGER PRIZE WINNERS 2023
Christianity Today, Jan. 3, 2023
For providing a street-level, helpful look at what libraries do, at a time when both right and left tend to act hysterically.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Nov. 3, 2022
For honest reporting on an oft-overlooked community, and for not backing down when she consequently lost her job.
The Atlantic, Nov. 14, 2022
For a lucid article on how Germans memorialize their country’s murderous past.
The Marshall Project, March 2, 2023
For promoting empathy without shirking evil, and challenging readers to think deeply about how capital punishment works in America today.
Christianity Today, Feb. 28, 2023
For a deep dive into the nation’s troubled past and present that doesn’t spare well-intentioned missionaries who had freedom to evangelize through their support of dictators.
Truce Podcast, Dec. 6, 2022
For using journalistic tools to look inside church history and suggest ways out of evangelicalism’s current malaise.
Image Journal, Dec. 29, 2022
For offering vivid insight into the complicated issue of foster care and adoption in a way that humanizes difficulties and underscores how goodness and suffering often commingle.
The New York Times, March 19, 2023
For showing with narrative art and specific detail how a lack of realism hurts both the mentally ill and a small business.
The Boston Globe, March 25, 2023
For an article that with up-close compassion shows how the elderly poor in Boston face the everyday stress of urban living and cost pressures.
Sarah Eekhof Zylstra
The Gospel Coalition, April 30, 2022
For an article with solid coverage and good interviewing of Christians running for their lives as the U.S. pulled out of Afghanistan.
WATCH: This 4.5-minute video shows the 2023 Zenger Prize winners discussing the state of the journalism industry, why their craft matters, and how Zenger House is making an impact.
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 24, 2023/ "Don’t Waste Your Life: How One Family Stopped Being Trashy Christians"
For Christianity Today, Emily Belz shares how one Tennessee family aims to manage their impact on the environment by living a "zero waste" life.
August 15, 2023/ "All About Jesus: Tim Keller’s Memorial Service"
Sarah Zylstra reports on the service honoring the life of famed Presbyterian minister Tim Keller, who died this year of pancreatic cancer. Read more at The Gospel Coalition, the publication Keller co-founded.
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.