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effery L. Sheler is an award-winning freelance journalist who has covered the American religion scene for nearly two decades. As a senior writer for U.S. News & World Report for many years, he authored more than 35 cover stories on religious topics ranging from the American evangelicalism to the pedophile scandal in the Roman Catholic Church. Sheler is an occasional correspondent on the weekly PBS public affairs program “Religion & Ethics News Weekly,” is a frequent guest on national radio broadcasts, and has appeared on network television programs including “Early Today on NBC,” “CNN Headline News,” “CNN Crossfire,” and “John McLaughlin One On One.” His written work also has appeared in Readers Digest and Smithsonian Magazine. A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., Sheler attended Olivet Nazarene College (now University), Kankakee, Ill., before earning a bachelor of arts degree in journalism at Michigan State University in 1971. In 1994, he received a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in religion at Georgetown University where he was inducted into Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honors society of religious studies/theology. Sheler is a past president of the Religion Newswriters Association and is on the board of directors of the Religion Newswriters Foundation. He is married to the former Doreen G. Elias, a public school teacher. They have two grown daughters and three grandchildren, and enjoy sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.