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Lisa Hendey Chosen as 2013 Egan Journalism Fellow

June 19, 2013

DENVER, June 19, 2013Catholic Relief Services (CRS) announced the recipients of the first annual Egan Journalism Fellowship, which recognizes journalists who have demonstrated excellence in their reporting for Catholic media in the United States. The announcement came on the first day of the 2013 Catholic Media Conference, the premier national gathering of Catholic journalists.

The 2013 fellows are:

  • Lisa Hendey, founder and webmaster of CatholicMom.com
  • Kerry Weber, associate editor at America magazine
  • Michelle Bauman of Catholic News Agency/EWTN
  • Ron Lajoie of Catholic New York

The selected fellows will travel with CRS to Rwanda in the fall to witness firsthand the work of CRS and the Catholic Church on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. CRS has been active in Rwanda since 1960 and began an immediate response to the emergency needs of the ravaged country following the 1994 genocide. Today, CRS and the Church continue their work in Rwanda in a number of sectors, including peacebuilding, agriculture, health and microfinance.

The new Egan Journalism Fellowship format builds on the aim of previous Egan Award competitions to foster increased international reporting in Catholic media, and to educate members of the Catholic community in the United States about their role in living a life of solidarity with others.

For more information about the fellowship, visit http://crs.org/newsroom/egan-fellowship/index.cfm.

About Lisa M. Hendey

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of The Handbook for Catholic MomsA Book of Saints for Catholic Moms, The Grace of Yes, and The Chime Travelers children’s fiction series. She serves at editor-at-large at Ave Maria Press. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs, including Catholic Mom TV and Making the Grade, a program aimed at promoting quality Catholic education. Lisa has additionally appeared on EWTN, CatholicTV and as a part of the Momnipotent DVD series. Hendey is a blogger on several sites and also serves as the technology contributor for the Son Rise Morning Show. Her articles have appeared in Catholic DigestNational Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor.

Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic new media topics. She has spoken at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, Catholic Marketing Network, the University of Dallas Ministry Conference, National Catholic Youth Conference, the Midwest Family Conference, and the National Council of Catholic Women. In 2013, she was selected as an Egan Journalism Fellow and traveled with Catholic Relief Services in Rwanda to write about the aftereffects of the Rwandan genocide on the eve of its twentieth anniversary. In early 2016, Hendey went to Columbia to see the work of CRS there. She lives with her family in Los Angeles, California.

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