As I mentioned Thursday, I'm attending the Religion News Association's 68th annual conference in Nashville, Tenn.
Among the interesting people I've met: Paul Singer, Washington correspondent for USA Today.
I talked to Singer about why he came to Music City for this week's conference. Here's a quick transcript (please forgive any typos or other deadline sins).
Q: What is your job with USA Today, and what brings you here?
A: My job officially is running our congressional coverage for USA Today and the hundred newspapers and news outlets in the Gannett network. I have some responsibility for our coverage of the Trump administration as well. I am here on my own interest trying for some stories about faith and religion.
Q: Why do you think that’s important?
A: Because our readers care about it. It is something I know our readers have interest in. Every time we write a story about faith and religion, it gets a lot of traffic and interest. It is an area of interest for me personally because I cover politics, and a big question in the 2016 election was were evangelicals going to look past the personal failings of Donald Trump and support him for political reasons, (because) he’s going help them advance their political agenda.
Q: Do you think this election only makes the need for a religion emphasis that much stronger?