Religion reporter Education: University of Wisconsin at Madison, BA in journalism and history; New York University, MA in Near Eastern studies
Michelle Boorstein's path to her dream job as a religion reporter began as a kid, trying to make sense of a kosher Jewish home that had three sets of dishes: meat, milk and Chinese food. Her career has included a decade of globe-trotting with the Associated Press, covering topics including domestic terrorism in the Arizona desert, debates on male circumcision, Ugandan royalty, and how strapped doctors in Afghanistan decide who lives and who dies.
Since January 2006 she has covered the busy marketplace of American faith, spirituality and meaning-making. The Religion Newswriters Association named her Religion Reporter of the Year for religion writing in large news organizations in 2011, 2013 and 2017.
Honors & Awards:
Nieman Fellowship, 2016-2017
Religion Newswriters Association, overall excellence in religion reporting at large news organizations, first place, 2011, 2013 and 2017
The 21-year-old gay University of Wyoming student was beaten, tortured and left to die 20 years ago. For years, his parents have been afraid to bury him out of concern the site would draw anti-gay protests. The National Cathedral will inter Shepard's remains in its crypt on Oct. 26.