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Cornell Named Religion Writer Of The Year

May 4, 1987

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ George Cornell, religion writer for The Associated Press for more than 30 years, has won the George Templeton Reporter of the Year Award by the Religion Newswriters Association.

The award was one of four given Saturday by the association of journalists specializing in religion coverage for the secular press, said association Vice President Bruce Buursma of the Chicago Tribune.

Cornell, 66, won a $2,500 cash prize.

A native of Weatherford, Okla., Cornell worked for the Cleveland County Times and the Daily Oklahoman in Oklahoma City before joining the AP in 1951.

He writes two weekly columns for The AP, ″Religion in the News″ for afternoon papers and ″Religion Today″ for morning. He is the author of several books on religion.

The Religion Newswriters Association also selected Russell Chandler of the Los Angeles Times as the winner of its Supple Award for distinguished religion writing.

The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press and its religion editor, Chris Meehan, won the Schachern Award for the best religion news section. The Cassels Award for excellence in religion reporting at newspapers or magazines of less than 50,000 circulation went to Rosanne Ramunni of The Express in Easton, Pa.

Association President Helen Parmley of the Dallas Morning News and Buursma presented the awards during the the association’s convention on Saturday.

The convention was held in conjunction with the founding convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

The four contests sponsored by the association carry a total of $4,600 in cash awards.

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