East Tennessee Catholic wins national press award

Emily Booker Media, News

The East Tennessee Catholic won top honors at the Catholic Press Awards for its coverage of the World Meeting of Families, which took place in Philadelphia last September.

The paper took first place in Best Coverage of the World Meeting of Families: Diocesan Newspaper. The October 2015 issue of The East Tennessee Catholic featured coverage of the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit to the United States with contributions from Bishop Richard F. Stika, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Bill Brewer, Jim Wogan, Dan McWilliams, Emily Booker, Marian Christiana, Rhetta Botts, Suzanna Pickering, Luis Gabriel Velasco, and Suzanne Erpenbach.

Bill Brewer, editor of The East Tennessee Catholic, said, “It is an honor to receive the Catholic Press Association’s top award in this category, especially because it was such a collaborative effort between Bishop Stika, Cardinal Rigali, laity who attended the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and wrote of their experiences, and the staff of The East Tennessee Catholic and the diocese’s Office of Communications. This was a total team effort and is reflective how the Diocese of Knoxville always works together for the glory of God.”

The cover story of the October 2015 issue, “The Francis Effect” by Bill Brewer, Jim Wogan, Emily Booker, Marian Christiana, Rhetta Botts, Luis Gabriel Velasco, and Suzanne Erpenbach, won second place in the Best Feature Writing: Non-Weekly Diocesan Newspapers, Circulation 25,000 or Less category.

“The stories that we told of the Holy Father’s visit to the United States and his impact on our parishioners and diocese were very inspiring, and the Catholic Press Association agreed,” Mr. Brewer said.

The East Tennessee Catholic newspaper serves the Diocese of Knoxville and has a circulation of 22,000.