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Religion in the MediaDate:
September 22, 1999
Urban Institute For Contemporary Art
2 Fulton St W
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
Phone: (616) 892-9300
Our topic for this meeting was “Religion in the Media,” moderated by our guest, Charles Honey, religion editor of the Grand Rapids Press. The Religion section of the paper is lengthy, relative to this category, well- regarded and varied. Honey remarked that it had stories ranging from abused women to tee- shirts and tattoos. In its pages one can find features about archeological digs, items of historical significance, the investigation of a local scandal of a church, or more whimsical ones like a recent one about a Jesus look-alike.
About Charles Honey
Outgoing Religion Editor, Grand Rapids Press
Charles Honey is a freelance writer specializing in issues of faith, values and spirituality. He received his bachelor’s degree in English from Murray State University in 1984, and also did undergraduate work in creative writing at Michigan State University. He has been writing for newspapers since 1978, and worked for The Grand Rapids Press from 1985 to 2009. He became the Religion Editor for the Press in 1994, and has been covering daily religion news, planning each week’s Religion section and writing features and columns for the section for 15 years. Prior to taking the position as Religion Editor he was a feature writer for the Flair section, and covered education and Wyoming city government for The Press. As the Religion Editor, Honey led the The Press to win the Religion Newswriters Association award for best religion section in the years 2000 and 2002 among U.S. and Canadian mid-sized newspapers. His section placed third for large newspapers in 2006 and 2005, third for all newspapers in 1999 and second in 1996. Before working at the Press Honey worked at the Murray Ledger and Times in Murray, Ky., was editor of The Enterprise in Williamston, MI. and sports editor of The Towne Courier in East Lansing, MI. Charles Honey has received awards for column writing from the Michigan Press Association, the Associated Press and the Kentucky Press Association, and a School Bell award from the Michigan Education Association. He also received the Public Service Award from the Michigan Association of Local Public Health for a five-part series on infant mortality in 1991. Honey has a particular interest in spirituality and personal growth, the work of the church and of individuals for social welfare, interfaith understanding, the arts, community history, education, teen and men’s issues, minority concerns and disabilities. Honey has been an active member of Arts Advocates and organizer of Arts Jam, a yearly benefit concert and art auction for art and music programs in Grand Rapids Public Schools. He has taught journalism at Aquinas College and Grand Rapids Community College, and served on the Grand Rapids Area Council for the Humanities. He has two grown children and is an avid fan of them, as well as of baseball and all kinds of music. He is the leader of the band "The Honeytones," which has been together for nearly 25 years, pleasing Festival crowds and annoying the neighbors.