About Kevin Eckstrom

Kevin Eckstrom joined the RNS staff in February, 2000 and became editor in 2006. Prior to coming to RNS, he worked as religion editor at the Stuart/Port St. Lucie News in Florida. He was the winner of the 2000 Cassels Award for small newspapers from the Religion Newswriters Association. Under his leadership, RNS was named Best Wire Service by the Associated Church Press for both 2006 and 2007 – the only time RNS has won back-to-back years. Eckstrom holds a M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from The George Washington University.

In 2007, he was elected president of the Religion Newswriters Association. His work was featured in Changing Boundaries: The Best Religion News Writing of 2003.

Stories

Quote of the Day: Comedian Stephen Colbert

“You heard what he said about atheists? He said even atheists are redeemed by Christ … If even atheists are redeemed by Christ, why have I been going to Mass every Sunday? I could have gotten another nine holes in!” – Comedian Stephen Colbert, talking about Pope Francis with New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan on […]

Quote of the Day: Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

“On balance I consider these seven years to have been positive. Naturally there were problems, particularly in the last two years, they have made many accusations against me… A mix of crows and vipers.” – Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s outgoing Secretary of State, on the problems that plagued Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy on his […]

Quote of the Day: Actress Gloria Loring

“I just keep thinking of her mother and father watching this. Oh, Lord, have mercy.” – Actress Gloria Loring, mother to singer Robin Thicke, after her son’s appearance with a scantily clad and gyrating Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards. She was quoted by Yahoo OMG Insider.

Quote of the Day: Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput

“The idea that Latinos, simply by their presence, might restore the moral tenor of our public discourse is a delusion. The emulsifying effect of American consumer culture, with all its practical atheism, its ambitions, manufactured appetites, distractions, noise, toys and anesthetics – in other words, all its eager little idolatries – is simply too strong.” […]

Quote of the Day: Evangelist Billy Graham

“I felt like slashing their throats. But anyway, God be with you.” – Evangelist Billy Graham, in a recently released 1973 phone call with President Nixon, about CBS News’ coverage of Nixon’s speech on the Watergate scandal. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association issued a statement that said Graham at the time “wholeheartedly believed in the […]