The Religion News Association announces Presiding Bishop Michael Curry as its Newsmaker of the Year:
Religion Newsmaker of the Year honors went to Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, whose sermon at this year’s royal wedding “stole the show,” according to the British press, and raised his profile as a progressive religious voice. Following Curry in a close race for second and third place were famed evangelist Billy Graham, who died this year at age 99, and Pittsburgh Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, who emerged as a voice of lament and peace after the Tree of Life shooting.
Religion News Association members have voted in the annual poll for decades. RNA is an international journalism association for journalists who write about religion in the news media. It offers training and tools to help reporters cover religion with balance, accuracy, and insight.
Other newsmakers on the ballot were Olympian Rachael Denhollander, megachurch pioneer Bill Hybels, Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh, and Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.
RNA also announced its Top 10 Religion Stories, which included the Tree of Life synagogue shooting and Pennsylvania grand jury’s report that accused 301 priests of sexually abusing at least 1,000 minors.