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Responsible for: exploring how faith shapes people's lives; tracking developments and changes on Chicago's religious landscape; holding religious institutions accountable; explaining how religious can drive people to extraordinary action; facilitating discussion about religion through the Tribune's religion blog and public events.
Manya Brachear joined the Chicago Tribune in June 2003. As the paper's religion reporter, she has helped chronicle the papal transition from Rome, the Dalai Lama's visit to Chicago, Protestant debates about gay clergy, progress and pitfalls of interfaith dialogue and the emerging role of religion in American politics. Brachear earned a bachelor's degree from Appalachian State University and masters' degrees in journalism and religious studies from Columbia University. She also has written for Time magazine, The Dallas Morning News, Beliefnet.com and the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.
Travel (despite an insane fear of flying), karaoke (rarely passes up an open mike), musical improv (occasionally performs at Second City), haute cuisine (favorite restaurant is Hot Doug's), shopping (thanks God every day that the Tribune Tower is on Michigan Avenue)
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