May 9th, 2013
12:32 PM ET

Daniel Burke joins CNN Digital

Daniel Burke joined CNN Digital on Monday as co-editor of the Belief Blog. Burke comes to CNN from Religion News Service, where for the past seven years he covered everything from Amish funerals to the Zen of Steve Jobs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today and The New York Times, and he has been recognized by the American Academy of Religion and the Religion Newswriters Association. He is based out of DC and reports to Meredith Artley, Managing Editor of CNN Digital.

Topics: CNN Belief • Digital
CNN Digital Wins Two Webby Awards
April 30th, 2013
02:51 PM ET

CNN Digital Wins Two Webby Awards

CNN’s Belief Blog and the CNN mobile website each won a Webby Award today. The Belief Blog took home the award in the Religion and Spirituality category, beating out HuffPost Religion, Oxford University Press, Radio Canada International and CBN. CNN’s mobile web earned the prize in the News (Handheld Devices) category, over NPR, Financial Times, Flipboard and WillowTree Apps.

The Webby Awards is the leading international award that honors excellence on the Internet, with 11,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide.

On May 21, the winners will give their 5-word acceptance speeches in a ceremony at the Tribeca Grand in Downtown Manhattan.

Topics: Awards • CNN • CNN Belief • CNN Digital • Digital • Mobile • Social Media
March 12th, 2013
07:38 AM ET

Two young men talk sacrifice to enter priesthood

CNN's Chris Cuomo chats with two New Yorkers about why they want to become priests, the sacrifice of celibacy and the sex abuse scandals.

Topics: Chris Cuomo • CNN • CNN Belief • Pope • Vatican Conclave
CNN wins 5 Religion Newswriters Association Awards
October 9th, 2012
04:41 PM ET

CNN wins 5 Religion Newswriters Association Awards

Over the weekend, the combined cross-platform efforts of CNN Digital and CNN TV resulted in five awards at the Religion Newswriters Association convention.  As a network, CNN won four first-place RNA awards – more than any other news source. The award details are below:

- 1st place for online religion section of the year, for the CNN Belief Blog, co-edited by Dan Gilgoff and Eric Marrapodi.

- 1st place for enterprise religion report of the year, for’s series on the faith lives of the presidential candidates.

- 1st place for TV religion report of the year, for Preparing clergy for war: army chaplains train by the hundred for the combat zone.

- 1st place for TV News magazine report of the year for U.S. budget ax threatens successful AIDS program in Africa.

- 2nd place for TV News magazine report of the year for Imam fights street crime with mosque fight club.

For full information about these awards, check out the Religion Newswriters Association’s press release.

Topics: Awards • CNN Belief • CNN Digital
August 6th, 2012
11:10 AM ET

CNN coverage: Wisconsin Sikh Temple shooting

Anderson Cooper 360 will broadcast live from Oak Creek, Wisconsin Tuesday night.  CNN’s coverage across its networks and platforms includes newsgathering with correspondents David Mattingly, Brian Todd, Dan Simon, Poppy Harlow, Randi Kaye and Ted Rowlands.  Mallika Kapur contributes from Mumbai, India. features the latest stories and reports on the homepage and at This Just In, CNN's breaking news blog.  The Belief Blog ( is also covering the religious angles of the story.

USA! USA! US…eh…
July 5th, 2012
02:46 PM ET

USA! USA! US…eh…

If you’ve been on the internet this week, you’ve probably seen “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ‘MERICA” headlines strewn all over your feeds, spotted Lee Greenwood singing “God Bless the USA” in his American flag jacket and watched YouTube videos of fireworks shows. (Or, maybe that’s just me?)

But, if you haven’t been on the internet this week, welcome. And, let me show you a patriotic series that CNN Digital has drummed up on American Exceptionalism – a concept that the USA is exceptional when compared to other countries (though we also have articles that explain in what aspects other countries are ahead of us…gotta keep the balance!).

HISTORY: So let’s start at the beginning. Dan Gilgoff, the editor of CNN’s Belief Blog, gives readers a quick survey course of American Exceptionalism through history, starting with the Puritans in New England and concluding with a speech excerpt from President Obama. Gilgoff contends that American Exceptionalism has always been the attitude of our nation and continues to shape the country. CNN also talked to several American historians about their favorite historically-rich sites across the nation. Their answers ranged from Jamestown to Homestead National Monument.

PEOPLE: A story that was birthed as an iReport assignment sprouted into an article that asked naturalized citizens why they chose to become Americans. It’s exciting to learn about the naturalization process through the eyes of immigrants, and to see what people from other countries value about the United States – whether it’s a job, freedom or the culture. On June 29, people from 54 countries became naturalized U.S. citizens. CNN talked to some of these people, and asked them why they think America is exceptional in a photo gallery CNN calls “The faces of citizenship”.

FUN STUFF: Oh, and did I mention we have a Red Chair interview with Lee Greenwood? “God Bless the USA”!

So, here’s to you, United States of America. Hope everyone enjoys this holiday week!

Topics: CNN Belief • CNN Digital • CNN Photos • iReport • Video
November 1st, 2011
03:52 PM ET

While CNN Grows; MSNBC is Down -25% and FNC is Off -28% in Primetime

CNN Outperforms MSNBC at 8 and 10 pm

CNN Up Over Last Year Online and On Mobile

October Highlights:

  • While CNN grows in primetime vs. a year ago, MSNBC and FNC primetime programming have double-digit losses.
  • At 8p and 10p, AC 360 tops MSNBC in the key demo 25-54 and grows vs. a year ago; while MSNBC and FNC experience double-digit declines.
  • Piers Morgan Tonight is the only 9pm program to grow among 25-54, while MSNBC and FNC are down double-digits.
  • Erin Burnett OutFront at 7p grows from CNN programming a year ago.


October 18th, 2011
11:11 AM ET

Herman Cain's church and state's Belief Blog published a story today on the liberal church of Herman Cain.  The article lays out his political conservativism and contrasts that with the religious beliefs of the Antioch Baptist Church North of which he is associate minister.

Tune into CNN tonight to see Herman Cain debate his fellow Republican candidates in the CNN and Western Republican Leadership Conference debate at 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (ET).

Topics: CNN Belief • CNN Digital
CNN’s Belief Blog wins OJA, resonates with users
September 28th, 2011
12:59 PM ET

CNN’s Belief Blog wins OJA, resonates with users

Over the weekend,’s Belief Blog won an Online Journalism Award for topical reporting/blogging within the large website category. With only a year and a half under its belt, the Belief Blog provides rich content that shines a light on the faith angles of today’s big news stories and that consistently receives more than 35,000 comments and more than 8.5 million page views per month. (Source: Omniture, Jan.- Aug. 2011)

At a time when religion news coverage is on the decline, the Belief Blog has resurrected the beat with a new approach – covering religion in a way that appeals to religious and nonreligious readers alike, offers a spectrum of perspectives and showing that you can’t understand much of the news without knowing something about religion. And it’s working. To give you an idea of the blog’s diverse range, recent topics include Church Leadership post for an Openly Gay Mormon, Google Makes 5 Dead Sea Scrolls Searchable and The Gospel According to Justin Bieber.

To read more content, watch video, and join the lively conversation, visit the Belief Blog.

Topics: CNN Belief • CNN Digital
Happy Birthday to Belief Blog
Belief Blog launched in May 2010
June 1st, 2011
03:43 PM ET

Happy Birthday to Belief Blog

CNN’s Belief Blog celebrated its one-year anniversary in May with its best traffic month ever - 12.8 million page views, up 57% from April.   Belief Blog covers all faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment. 


Topics: CNN Belief • CNN Digital
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