Monique Parsons is an independent radio producer and freelance reporter who specializes in writing about religion. Her award-winning radio documentary, An American Mosque, aired on WBEZ Chicago and on 80 stations nationwide via the podcast Interfaith Voices. Produced in collaboration with editors Deborah George and Cate Cahan and sound designer/producer Derek John, the documentary was honored with a Wilbur Award from The Religion Communicators Council. The story follows one community's 10-year quest to build a quintessentially American mosque in the suburbs of Chicago. Monique's stories about religion in America have aired on the NPR news programs Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Day to Day, as well as on WBEZ (Chicago Public Radio). She's written on topics including religion in Hollywood, Orthodox Jewish drug and alcohol counseling, Catholic education, Muslim philanthropy and Muslim youth culture. A former newspaper reporter, she's contributed to Religion News Service and Beliefnet.com, and she's worked on the staff of newspapers in California and New Jersey. She received a 2011 Ford Foundation Knight Fellowship for Reporting on Religion in American Public Life for her work relating to Islam in America. Her religion reporting has been honored by the Religion News Association and by the Garden State Association of Black Journalists. Monique earned an A.B. in religion from Princeton University, a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and a master of theological studies from Harvard Divinity School.