The editor of Religion News Service will begin new position in May

Mark O’Keefe is joining the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life as associate director, editorial. In this new position, Mark will serve as the Forum’s daily news editor and oversee its website, He also will help manage the Forum’s broader outreach and communications initiatives.


Mary Schultz
Communications Manager

“I could not be more pleased to have a person with Mark’s qualifications and background join us at the Pew Forum,” said Director Luis Lugo. “Mark’s extensive knowledge and understanding of religion’s role in domestic and world affairs will greatly enhance the Forum’s efforts to provide timely, impartial information to journalists, government officials and other policy leaders.”

O’Keefe has served as editor of Religion News Service (RNS) for nearly two years. Before that, he was a national correspondent covering values and philanthropy for Newhouse News Service, the owner of RNS. He has worked for the Newhouse organization for nearly 12 years, including as a reporter for The (Portland) Oregonian. Earlier in his career, Mark was a reporter for The Virginian-Pilot and United Press International. He has a B.A. in journalism from Marquette University and a M.A. in journalism from Regent University.

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life is an independent, non-advocacy organization that delivers timely, impartial information to national opinion leaders on issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. The Forum also serves as a neutral venue for discussions of these matters. Based in Washington, D.C., the Forum is a project of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan “fact tank” that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.