By Preston Hart, Talon Staff writer
Sarah Pulliam Bailey has interviewed everyone from Barack Obama to Billy Graham. She is also the online editor of Christianity Today. She writes a monthly columnist for the Indianapolis Star. She ran Wheaton College’s student newspaper and interned for four daily newspapers, covering crime, religion, courts, government, military, business, features, education and county fairs. She is a national Journalist for the Religion News Service.
Sarah becan covering religion news five years ago. She was worried that religion reporting would put a dent in her journalism career. She studied communication at Wheaton College where she spent most of her time in the college newspaper office. After Wheaton, she began full time at Christianity Today, where she started to reported religion and politics during the 2008 election. In September, she married her college boyfriend who is a copy editor and page designer for the Green Bay Press.
As Sarah Pulliam Bailey said,” As my sociology of religion professor put it, “how do you capture lightning in a bottle?” In other words, how do you empirically measure religion’s impact on a society? There are no convenient Dow numbers, touchdowns or votes to report. So while journalists attempt to cover the who, what, where, when, why, and how questions, they often miss the “why” question. Why did he vote for that candidate? Why does she spend every Saturday at a homeless shelter? Why did he give 10 percent of his income?If journalists keep exploring that “why” question, they’ll often find a religion angle hidden right there in the facts of the story. That’s where GetReligion comes in.”
As 2 Peter 3:16 says,” As he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.”