Angelus brought home 15 awards from the Catholic Media Association (CMA) this year, for works published in 2021.
The awards were announced July 7 at the end of the annual CMA conference. This year’s event was held in Portland, in person for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020.
Angelus columnists Heather King and Robert Brennan were each recognized with first place awards for Best Regular Columns. Other first place designations were awarded for Steve Lowery’s profile on LA’s oldest deacon and Tom Hoffarth’s deep dive into the strong faith of baseball manager Tommy Lasorda.
CMA judges also recognized editor-in-chief Pablo Kay as a “leader at work,” awarding him first runner up for Editor of the Year. They noted his “talented and versatile writing,” his pandemic coverage, and his launch of the Spanish website for Angelus, AngelusenEspanol.
Best Regular Column - Arts, Leisure, Culture and Food: “Desire Lines” by Heather King
Best Regular Column - General Commentary: “Ad Rem” by Robert Brennan
Personality Profiles - Religious Leader: “A deacon in demand” by Steve Lowery
Best Sports Reporting: “The baseball manager who gave God a jersey” by Tom Hoffarth
Best Cover for Color - Large: “The Fight for Family Movie Night” by Jacob Popcak
Best Essay - Diocesan Magazines: “Every Catholic’s homeland” by Mike Aquilina
Best Review: “Secular sermons” by John J. Miller
Best Writing - In-Depth: “Protected by providence” by Ann Rodgers
Best Reporting of the Celebration of a Sacrament: “My mom’s saving medicine” by Elise Italiano Ureneck
Best Review: “In search of a savior” by Msgr. Richard Antall
Best Coverage - Immigration: “Caught between borders” by Angelus, Ann Rodgers, Tom Hoffarth, Angelus staff
Best Coverage - Pandemic: “A virus leaves its mark” by Angelus, John L. Allen Jr., Pablo Kay, Angelus staff, Charles C. Camosy
Best Feature Article - Diocesan Magazine: “A restless farewell” by Ann Rodgers
Best Diocesan Directory: "2021-2022 Archdiocese of Los Angeles Catholic Directory" by Angelus Staff and Archdiocese of Los Angeles
First Runner Up
Editor of the Year (English): Pablo Kay