David Gibson, Editor
David Gibson is a veteran religion writer who has worked chiefly for daily newspapers. A native of New Jersey, Gibson lived in Rome for several years in the 1980s, where he covered the Vatican and Pope John Paul’s many trips around the world, mostly for Vatican Radio. In 1990, he returned to New Jersey and spent several years writing about religion for magazines and daily newspapers, most recently The Star-Ledger of Newark. He was cited numerous times for his work, and won the Templeton Religion Reporter of the Year Award, which is given to the nation’s top writer on the religion beat. He is a member of the board of the Religion Newswriters Association. He has also produced television documentaries, most recently a CNN program on early Christianity. Gibson is currently a freelance author and magazine writer. His latest book, published in September 2006 from HarperSanFrancisco, is a biography of the new pope titled The Rule of Benedict.
Mary Gladstone, Assistant Editor
Mary Gladstone is a free-lance 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 executive director of Religion Newswriters 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