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Rewire.News (formerly Rewire and RH Reality Check, long name Reproductive Health Reality Check) is a daily United States online news publication focused on reproductive and sexual health from a pro–reproductive rights perspective.[1][2][3] It also covers issues around racial, environmental, immigration, and economic justice.[3]

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EditorJodi Jacobson Edit this at Wikidata
Launched2006; 13 years ago (2006)

The publication began as a blog in 2006 and became its own nonprofit organization in January 2012.[4] In 2016, it was renamed Rewire and in 2018 it was renamed Rewire.News. As of 2018, the publication is edited by Jodi Jacobson.[5]

In addition to reporting news, the publication also produces several podcasts, including Boom! Lawyered,[6][7] Choice/less,[7] The Breach,[7] and What Else Happened.[7]

Religion DispatchesEdit

In 2018, Religion Dispatches was integrated into Rewire.News as a daily vertical.[8]

Religion Dispatches was founded in 2007 as a daily non-profit online magazine covering religion, politics, and culture.[9][10] The founders were Gary Laderman, a religion studies scholar from Emory University; Linell Cady, a religion studies scholar from Arizona State University; and Evan Derkacz, a journalist who formerly wrote for AlterNet.[11] Lisa Webster, an editor and religion scholar, joined Evan as co-editor just before the magazine's launch in February 2008.

RD won three Religion Newswriters Association (RNA) awards for Excellence in Religion Commentary and Analysis, a Wilbur Award for outstanding work by secular communicators on religion, and a Science for Religion Writers award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).[12][13][14][15] The website was also recognized as a nominee for the Webby Awards in the Religion & Spirituality category for the 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015 Webby Awards, and as an official Honoree for Best Editorial Writing in 2016.[16][17]

In October 2013, Religion Dispatches moved to the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism's website. Diane Winston, chairman of Media and Religion at USC, headed the publication.[18]


  1. ^ Eckholm, Eric (11 May 2014). "Legal Alliance Gains Host of Court Victories for Conservative Christian Movement". New York Times. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  2. ^ Grinapol, Corinne (25 November 2015). "RH Reality Check Grows Staff". Adweek. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b "About Rewire.News". Rewire.News. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  4. ^ "About Us". RH Reality Check. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Staff". Rewire.News. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  6. ^ "Boom! Lawyered – A New Podcast from Rewire News". Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  7. ^ a b c d "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)". Rewire.News. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  8. ^ "Moving Right Along: A Note to Readers". Religion Dispatches. 2018-06-07. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  9. ^ "A Broader Public: Writing on Religion for a Secular Audience – A Week with Religion Dispatches’ Editors and Author Elizabeth Drescher". Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical & Cultural Research. 2014.
  10. ^ Drescher, Elizabeth. "As Religion Dispatches Turns". June 2, 2013.
  11. ^ Jeff Sharlet (Feb 7, 2008). "Religion Dispatches". The Revealer. Archived from the original on 2013-11-04.
  12. ^ "2016 RNA Contest Winners - Religion News Association & Foundation". Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  13. ^ "2015 RNA Contest Winners - Religion News Association & Foundation". Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  14. ^ "2016 Wilbur Award Winners (PDF)" (PDF).
  15. ^ "Writers, Broadcasters to Receive 'Science for Religion Reporters' Award". AAAS - The World's Largest General Scientific Society. 2016-01-04. Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  16. ^ Religion & Spirituality: Nominees. 2011 Webby Awards. Webby Awards.
  17. ^ Religion & Spirituality: Nominees. 2012 Webby Awards. Webby Awards.
  18. ^ Washington, Arlene. "Religion Dispatches Finds New Home at USC Annenberg". USC Annenberg News. October 2, 2013.

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