Our staff

Kimberly Winston, Editor


Kimberly Winston is a freelance religion reporter based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, USA Today, The Washington Post, The San Jose Mercury News and Newsweek. Since 2011, she has covered atheism and other forms of freethought for Religion News Service. In 2014, she received a Wilbur Award for best online news story from the Religion Communicators Council and in 2005 she was the recipient of the American Academy of Religion’s award for best in-depth religion reporting. She is the author of three books, including Bead One, Pray Too: A Guide to Making and Using Prayer Beads (Morehouse, 2008). She is a 1994 graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Mary Gladstone, Assistant Editor

Mary Gladstone

Mary Gladstone is a freelance writer and editor with more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist. Mary’s newspaper career includes The Dallas Morning News, where she was an assistant metro editor, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where she served on the city and copy desks. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.

Debra L. Mason, Executive Editor


Debra L. Mason is creator and executive editor of ReligionLink, the No. 1 favorite resource for journalists writing about religion.  Mason is a former award-winning reporter who has covered, researched and written about religion in the news for nearly 30 years. She is the former executive director of Religion News and Director of the Center on Religion & the Professions at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Mason earned an MSJ degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication at Ohio University, where she studied under Guido H. Stempel III.  She also holds an MTS degree. She lives in Columbia, MO, with her husband and three children.

All of our writers have years of experience in the field of religion reporting. They are well-versed in the many religions and issues that are covered in mainstream media.