Diane Winston, a reporter for The Sun, has won a Wilbur Award from the Religious Public Relations Council Inc. for her five-part series of articles, "Coming Home: The New Spirituality."
The award by the council -- the nation's oldest public relations association -- is named for the Rev. Marvin C. Wilbur, its longtime executive director, and recognizes individuals and organizations who use secular media to communicate stories with a religious or secular theme.
Ms. Winston's series of articles, which looked at new spiritual stirrings in old-line churches and synagogues, also won a first-place award in religion reporting in the 1990 Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association competition for major daily newspapers.
The council announced the winners of 24 Wilburs yesterday in Dayton, Ohio, at its annual convention. Ms. Winston was cited in the category of metropolitan newspapers.
Ms. Winston, formerly a reporter for the Dallas Times-Herald, joined The Sun's staff in 1989.