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A Stars and Stripes reporter has been honored for a series of articles he wrote that highlighted problems in the Navy Chaplain Corps.

Ward Sanderson, a reporter working out of the paper’s Griesheim, Germany, office, was presented a plaque for third place in the John M. Templeton Religion Story of the Year category by the Religion Newswriters Association, according to a news release from the organization. This is the first year the award was presented, the release said.

His articles, under the title “The Cross and the Anchor: War in the Chaplain Corps,” ran in the newspaper’s Sunday magazine late last year and earlier this year. The articles highlighted complaints voiced by many evangelicals within the chaplain corps.

The series sparked numerous letters to the editor and initiated several meetings between members of the House Armed Services Committee and admirals.

The awards were presented Saturday in Washington, D.C.

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