Global Sisters Report staff and contributors won seven awards for editorial excellence from the Associated Church Press during the organization's annual meeting in Chicago.
The awards, announced April 20, were given for reporting in 2017. The Associated Church Press, founded in 1916, is the oldest interdenominational religious press association in North America.
By category, the awards to GSR were:
1. Honorable mention to GSR editor Gail DeGeorge and Global Sisters Report staff and contributors in the category Overall Excellence/Best in Class — Independent Website.
2. Award of Merit to GSR national correspondent Dan Stockman for "Sister finds that faith sustains when institutions fail" in the category Reporting and Writing — Feature Article: News Service/Website/Blog.
3. Honorable mention to GSR staff writer Soli Salgado for her coverage of the 2017 Leadership Conference of Women Religious annual assembly in the category Reporting and Writing — Convention or Meeting Coverage: News Service/Website/Blog.
4. Honorable mention to GSR international correspondent Chris Herlinger for "Haiti's fragility of infrastructure, strength of people remain one year after Hurricane Matthew" in the category Reporting and Writing — In-Depth Coverage: News Service/Website/Blog.
5. Award of Excellence to Herlinger for a series of stories on war in South Sudan in the category Reporting and Writing — Theme Issue, Section, or Series: News Service/Website.
6. Award of Merit to GSR contributor Tracy L. Barnett for "A journey marked by pain: Maryknoll Sr. Melinda Roper celebrates life in Central America" in the category Reporting and Writing — Biographical Profile.
7. Honorable mention to Herlinger for a review of a Syrian war memoir in National Catholic Reporter in the category Reporting and Writing — Critical Review.
In a separate set of awards, Herlinger won two DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards of excellence from the New York-based Religion Communicators Council for two series of stories, one on the war in South Sudan and the other on efforts at the United Nations to ban nuclear weapons.
The Religion Communicators Council, founded in 1929, is an association of religious communications professionals. Its annual award ceremony was held April 5 in Atlanta.