KC Star’s Judy Thomas named religion reporter of the year

Judy Thomas, who set the pace for coverage of the Catholic priest scandals that have rocked the area, was named religion reporter of the year for metropolitan newspapers by the Religion Newswriters Association.

Thomas covered the sex scandal that tarnished the Kansas City Diocese, and put Father Shawn Ratigan in prison, the fall of Overland Park’s First Family Church and wrote a controversial and widely recognized series about four young boys who claimed to have been sexually abused at a church in Independence decades ago.

The Star’s Helen Gray was also named a finalist.


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