About Kevin Eckstrom

Kevin Eckstrom joined the RNS staff in February, 2000 and became editor-in-chief 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 six of the past eight years.

Eckstrom holds a M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from The George Washington University. Eckstrom was the president of the Religion Newswriters Association from 2007-2009 and was the inaugural Dewitt Wallace Fellow in Islamic Studies at Duke University in 2009. In 2014, he was awarded a Senior Journalist Seminar fellowship in Islam from the East-West Center.


Quote of the Day: Hillary Rodham Clinton

“One of my big problems right now is that too many people believe they have a direct line to the divine, and they never want to change their mind about anything, they’re never open to new information and they like to operate in an evidence-free zone. And I think it’s good if people continue to change.” […]

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Quote of the Day: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson

“I believe when I stand before the Lord God, I’m going to say, ‘Dear God, I violated a policy but I didn’t want to stand before you with blood on my hands.’” — Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Paige Patterson, apologizing to delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Baltimore for admitting a Muslim […]