With a background of 35 years writing about religion as well as extensive reading, research and travel, Russell Chandler is an entertaining, informative and inspirational speaker. A religion specialist for The Los Angeles Times for 18 years, Chandler was considered "one of the finest voices in American journalism." The Religion Newswriters Association three times named him the John M. Templeton "Reporter of the Year" for excellence in religion newswriting. The Religious Heritage of America honored Russell in 1993 with the "Faith and Freedom Award" given for creativity in communicating ethics and principles. Although he is an ordained Presbyterian minister, Russell’s insights set aside denominational differences, and he has been a frequent speaker at secular as well as religious conferences and events. He and his wife, Marjorie Lee (ML) Chandler, who is also an author, enjoy judging journalism contests and staying abreast of trends in current events, church leadership, and publishing. The Chandlers live in Port Ludlow, Washington, and Sonora, California. Russ has a BS in Business Administration from UCLA, a degree from USC’s Graduate School of Religion, and he earned his MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary.