NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Veteran Baptist journalist Bob Allen will return to Associated Baptist Press (ABP) Oct. 1 to fill a newly created senior writer position.
It will be Allen's second stint with the independent news agency, which he had once served, for a decade, as news editor. Since 2003, Allen has been managing editor of EthicsDaily.com, the news-and-opinion outlet of the Nashville-based Baptist Center for Ethics.
"I am delighted that Bob will be rejoining the ABP team," said David Wilkinson, ABP's newly hired executive director, who in turn hired Allen. "He brings an impressive breadth of skills and knowledge that will help us broaden the services provided through ABP and our partnership with New Voice Media Group."
New Voice Media is a multimedia partnership among ABP and three historic state Baptist newspapers —the Baptist Standard of Texas, the Word & Way of Missouri, and the Religious Herald of Virginia.
Allen said he is excited to reunite with an agency and staff familiar to him, but at a new phase of its organizational life
The position was created by the agency's board of directors in a staff reorganization necessitated, in part, when longtime ABP Executive Editor Greg Warner announced he was stepping down. Warner took sick leave following back surgery Aug. 28, with the expectation that the leave would transition into permanent disability. Warner has experienced chronic, severe back pain since 1998.
"When the directors began to restructure the staff a few months ago, we immediately started talking to Bob about returning to ABP," Warner said. "He's one of the best writers that Baptists have ever produced."
Warner noted that Allen's previous position with ABP was painful loss caused by a significant reduction in donations that afflicted many non-profit agencies in late 2001 and 2002. "We lost him once because of a severe drop in funding after 9/11. I'm delighted David had the wisdom to bring him back where he belongs."
The senior-writer position will tap Allen's expertise in reporting on a broad number of subjects—from Baptist denominational struggles to national politics and foreign affairs. It will also draw on his experience at the Baptist Center for Ethics in production and distribution of online news and opinion content.