Photo by Ruthie Stark Photography

Photo by Ruthie Stark Photography

I’m Dawn: a journalist, shine theorist and Black Girl Magic practitioner based in Topeka, Kansas.

I am currently the news editor at The Christian Century. Previously, as a staff writer at Global Sisters Report — the National Catholic Reporter’s online nun vertical — I covered social justice issues like sexism and anti-Black racism in Catholic institutions. I also have bylines at Sojourners, Christ and Pop Culture, the Muslim Hoosier and Presbyterians Today, among other publications.

In 2016, I was named best in-depth religion news writer by the American Academy of Religion, and in 2019, I was named the best online feature writer by the Great Plains Journalism Awards.

I joined the board of the Mennonite World Review — an independent biweekly newspaper covering Anabaptist communities around the world — in 2017 and was elected vice president in 2018. In 2019, I joined the board of the Religion News Association, was named board vice president and became chair of RNA’s membership committee, which I have served on since 2014. I am also on the board of the Topeka Doula Project, an organization that provides doula support to low-income and incarcerated women in northeast Kansas. 

I am a graduate of the journalism program at Ball State University (chirp chirp) and also have a master’s degree in urban and intercultural religious studies. To check out journalists and projects I support, click here. To see where I’ve been interviewed about my work or about current events, click here. To share a story idea or to pitch a collaboration, send me an email here.