The Boston Globe’s Michael Paulson was, I would argue, the best religion reporter at any newspaper in the country. He is leaving the beat to become city editor, he reports on his blog. Paulson’s coverage cast light in one of the darkest corners on our planet — the Archdiocese of Boston, circa 2002.
Meanwhile, Eric Gorski, the best wire service religion reporter in the U.S., is also leaving his beat, according to www.getreligion.org. Gorski made his mark at newspapers in Colorado Springs and Denver before becoming a religion reporter for the Associated Press. In Colorado, his coverage of Focus on the Family and Ted Haggard was extraordinary.
So many of the leading religion reporters in the U.S. have left their beats since the start of the Great Recession and it’s dispiriting.