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Manya Brachear Pashman

Chicago Tribune

Manya joined the Chicago Tribune in June 2003, and as the paper’s religion reporter, has helped chronicle the papal transition from Rome, the Dalai Lama’s visit to Chicago, Protestant debates about gay clergy, progress and pitfalls of interfaith dialogue and the emerging role of religion in American politics. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University and master’s degrees in journalism and religious studies from Columbia University. Manya also has written for Time magazine, The Dallas Morning News, Beliefnet.com and the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. She also ran the Tribune’s religion blog The Seeker: A personal and professional quest for truth from 2007 to 2012.