Islam, megachurches, polygamy – oh my!

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Tomorrow I’m headed to Durham, N.C. for the annual Religion Newswriters Conference and this year’s program is looking to be extra exciting. I’ve been attending this conference for years and I can’t resist blogging and tweeting while I’m there, so I hope you’ll stay tuned over the next few days. Some of the programs I’m especially looking forward to:

  • Muslims in America: The Next 10 Years
  • The State of American Fatherhood
  • Live or Onscreen: The Multi-site Experience (a look at the megachurch)
  • Religion and the 2012 Elections
  • Youth in Crisis: What Everyone Should Know About Growing Up Gay
  • Social Networking: Promise and Peril
  • Love Times Three (a press briefing with the family who inspired Big Love)
  • A Decade of Change in American Congregations
  • Atheism Revisited
  • Tour of Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple
As you can see, there’s lots to cover. My brain will likely be fried by the time I return. I’ll be back next week with lots of story ideas, but until then I hope you’ll follow my trip via this blog.
Tracy Simmons

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Lecture of Strategic Communication at the University of Idaho.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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