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: Pull and peril of violent child's-play
Updated 03/05/2014 at 1:03 p.m.
The images posted by 13-year-old Cartrail Robertson and his Facebook friends are as discouraging as they are disturbing.
David Waters: Time to shift conversation, approach to violence against children
Published 03/01/2014 at 5:46 p.m.
February is the shortest month, thank goodness. The children in our community couldn’t have taken another day of it.
David Waters: Daughter's death inspires hope, self-help
Published 02/25/2014 at 6:18 p.m.
Her daughter’s difficult life and tragic death merited one line in the local newspaper.
David Waters: WWII generation still the greatest
Updated 02/22/2014 at 2:05 p.m.
A group of men who saved the world in the 1940s gathers at a church in Germantown every third Thursday.
David Waters: Kellogg trying to sugarcoat its employee lockout
Updated 02/19/2014 at 12:29 a.m.
Kellogg’s CEO John Bryant calls it the “breakfast occasion.” I just call it breakfast. Whatever, it’s changing faster than you can say “snap, crackle, pop.”
David Waters: For Bob, Valentine's Day is ladies' day
Published 02/14/2014 at 12:53 p.m.
Feeling good about whatever you did Friday to express your Valentine’s love for a loved one? Whatever you did, Bob Cannon did more.
David Waters: Holocaust survivor’s long life a legacy of hope
Updated 02/12/2014 at 12:18 a.m.
Nina Altman Katz was laid to rest in a Jewish cemetery in Memphis Sunday afternoon, 75 years after the Nazis tried to exterminate her and everyone like her in Poland.
David Waters: Collierville, Frayser, and the future of Memphis
Published 02/07/2014 at 3:07 p.m.
What do Collierville and Frayser have in common? A lot more than you'd think.
David Waters: Middle-school burdens heavier than a backpack
Published 02/04/2014 at 7:09 p.m.
I couldn’t turn down school counselor Wendy Willingham’s invitation to participate in Germantown Middle School’s Challenge Day.
David Waters: After Galilee woes, ways to help living and dead
Published 01/31/2014 at 6:01 p.m.
What do cemetery owners have in common with racetrack owners, barbers, soil scientists and boxers? All are regulated by the same state agency.
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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