- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 23, 2001

Larry Witham, a religion reporter for The Washington Times, won two awards yesterday in national contests for religion writing.
During an annual awards banquet in Boston, Mr. Witham was honored with second place in the Templeton Contest for Religion Reporter of the Year, competing with more than 100 other entrants.
It is the most prestigious of several religion writing contests sponsored by the Religion Newswriters Association and includes a $400 prize.
He also was presented with third place in the Cornell Award for Religion Reporting for medium-sized newspapers, named after the late George Cornell, a religion writer for the Associated Press.
The Cornell Award is for stories published in newspapers with circulations between 50,000 and 150,000, and includes a $100 prize.
Mr. Witham's entries included stories on the faith of Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore, disagreements among Southern Baptists, black Christians, same-sex "marriages" and the revival of the movie "The Exorcist."
"Larry Witham is an outstanding reporter," said Managing Editor Bill Giles of The Washington Times.
"He is a seasoned professional in a field that requires experience and skill."
Mr. Witham has been with The Times for 19 years. The RNA is a group of journalists who cover religion in the secular press. Founded in 1949, the group has about 220 active members.
Kelly Ball

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