About David Waters
BiographyDavid Waters is an award-winning editor and columnist for The Commercial Appeal. He rejoined the newspaper in 2010 after serving as religion editor for The Washington Post from 2007-2010. Waters joined The Commercial Appeal in 1980 and has worked as a reporter, editor and columnist, primarily focused on religion. His awards include a 2013 Wilbur Award for best religion reporting, a 2010 Wilbur for best religion blog, a 2004 Wilbur for best religion column, and a 1997 Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors for his religion writing. In 2000, he was inducted into the Scripps Howard Editorial Hall of Fame for his work as a reporter, editor and columnist. An Ohio native, Waters is a graduate of the University of Memphis, where he majored in journalism and political science.
02/22/2010 - current
David Waters: Anti-Semitic killings call for Holy Week repentance
Published 04/15/2014 at 6:55 p.m.
How do we liberate ourselves from the pride, prejudice and fear that enslave us and endanger others? It's a particularly vital question this week as authorities investigate the anti-Semitic murders at a Jewish community center in suburban Kansas City.
David Waters: Children in peril join gangs that put children in peril
Published 04/12/2014 at 6 p.m.
Children in Peril story focusing on perils of life in Riverview/Kansas neighborhood known as gang 'war zone.'
David Waters: Family history shines light on Forrest's dishonorable past
Published 04/11/2014 at 4:11 p.m.
In search of my great-grandfather, a West Tennessean who joined the Union Army and was headed for Ft. Pillow massacre 150 years ago this week.
David Waters: Clean up Memphis, save the world
Published 04/04/2014 at 11:20 a.m.
April 26 has been designated by Mayor A C Wharton as the largest clean up in Memphis history.
David Waters: School vouchers help chosen few, not the poor
Published 04/01/2014 at 7:12 p.m.
In theory, Tennessee's 'school choice' vouchers seem laudable. In practice, it's a fallacy that will further divide haves and have-nots.
David Waters: Two Memphis congregations repent for segregation of past
Published 03/25/2014 at 6:55 p.m.
Two local churches, including Second Presbyterian Church, repent for excluding African-Americans from worship.
Photo draws calls from South Side Class of '39
Published 03/21/2014 at 6:58 p.m.
Anne Katz Prager wins a keepsake
David Waters: How neuroscience can save Memphis
Updated 03/21/2014 at 5:25 p.m.
We don’t need a brain scientist to tell us that too many children are in peril in Memphis.
David Waters: Arguments against Common Core show need for it
Published 03/18/2014 at 5:57 p.m.
Legislators who oppose Common Core should try to read it first.
David Waters: Flea market photo from 1939 leads to South Memphis
Published 03/14/2014 at 4:19 p.m.
An Arkansas woman is searching for members of the South Side High class of 1939.
Phyllis Tickle, 'evangelist of the future,' retiring from public life
Updated 11/02/2013 at 12:29 a.m.
Author, thinker and lecturer Phyllis Tickle is retiring from public life at the cutting edge of her church
Hope Presbyterian names new senior pastor
Published 10/30/2013 at 12:27 p.m.
Hope Presbyterian Church has made it official: Rev. Rufus Smith, 54, will succeed retiring Dr. Craig Strickland, 60, as senior pastor.
Catholic Charities to work to keep veterans from becoming homeless
Published 10/18/2013 at 5:45 p.m.
Catholic Charities of West Tennessee is getting a big federal grant to help homeless vets and their families.
Webb is new priest-in-charge at Holy Communion in East Memphis
Published 08/31/2013 at 3 a.m.
Rev. Sandy Webb is new priest-in-charge at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion.
Husband and wife rabbis to lead Memphis' Beth Sholom
Updated 08/09/2013 at 6 p.m.
Rabbis Ilan Glazer and Chana Glazer, a husband and wife from Philadelphia, Pa., are new leaders of Beth Sholom Synagogue in Memphis.
"Madre Clarisse" a joyful, prayerful presence
Published 07/24/2013 at 6:24 p.m.
Rev. Clarisse Schroeder, former chaplain at Rhodes College and St. Mary's Episcopal School, has died at age 55 in North Carolina.
Rabbi Rubinstein leaving Beth Sholom in Memphis
Published 07/24/2013 at 5:47 p.m.
Rabbi Aaron Rubinstein is leaving Beth Sholom Synagogue after 8 years and returning to the congregation he once led in Macon, Ga. Search for his successor underway.
Two old Baptist churches in Memphis get new pastors
Updated 06/08/2013 at 3:08 a.m.
Two of oldest Baptist churches in Memphis hire new pastors.
Safe in Memphis: Is there too much crime, or too much news coverage of crime?
Published 05/26/2013 at midnight
Does our coverage of crime, justice and public safety in Memphis provide enough light? More heat than light?
Micah Greenstein named one of America's Top 50 Rabbis by publication
Published 03/21/2013 at 1:40 p.m.
Rabbi Micah Greenstein of Temple Israel is one of America's Top 50 Rabbis, according to the Daily Beast. Greenstein ranked 45th in the online news publication's survey, moving up one spot from last year's rankings.
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