Post and Courier staff writer Jennifer Berry Hawes has been named a finalist for the Religion Newswriters Association's top religion feature writing award.

The organization's Supple Award is open to journalists nationwide who work in secular print, broadcast and online outlets. Winners will be notified by June 10.

The Religion Newswriters Association is the world's only association for journalists who cover religion. It works to promote excellence in media coverage and public discourse.

In 2005, Hawes received the RNA's Cornell Reporter of the Year award, given to the top religion writer at mid-size newspapers.

The newspaper's Faith & Values writer, she a past South Carolina Journalist of the Year and has received numerous other state and national awards.

Staff report