SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (RNS) In her hometown of Cranston, R.I., Jessica Ahlquist earned quite a reputation: Witch. Nazi. Satanist. But in the atheist community, the 17-year-old is a celebrity. A hero. By Kellie Kotraba.
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About Kellie Moore
Kellie Moore (formerly Kotraba) serves as the editor and community manager of Columbia Faith & Values. Although she is originally from the West – Nevada and California – she’s now proud to call Missouri home.
Her reporting for Religion News Service has been published in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post and USA Today.
Her love of journalism started at Concordia University Irvine, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English.
She earned her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She spent two years at the Columbia Missourian, where she was a reporter, assistant city editor, copy editor and assistant news editor. She and a former colleague won first place for the best news story in the 2012 Missouri Press Association Better Newspaper Contest for a story they co-wrote for the Missourian.
She’s also been a reporter and afternoon news anchor for KBIA 91.3 FM, the area NPR affiliate that is now the local media partner of Columbia Faith & Values. Because of the partnership, Kotraba is now the reporter behind the station's faith and values desk. She recently won an Edward R. Murrow Award and was recognized by the Missouri Broadcasters Association.
JOPLIN, Mo. (RNS) A little more than a month after the Islamic Society of Joplin mosque was destroyed by the second fire of 2012, the local Muslim community is moving forward with support from the interfaith community. Progress, however, is going to be slow. By Kellie Kotraba.