Allison Pond is the associate editor of the Deseret News National Sunday Edition and the editor of the Deseret News faith section. She previously worked on national and international surveys at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, including studies of young people and religion, Mormons in the U.S. and evangelical leaders worldwide. Allison also previously worked in the international and government affairs office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Washington, D.C.
She earned a BA in Communications with an emphasis in print journalism from Brigham Young University and a masterís degree in Public Policy with an emphasis in educational, family and social policy from Georgetown University.
Editor's note: This article is the first in a two-part series looking at the mainstream media's efforts to cover religion. Part two examines how newsrooms, educators and nonprofit organizations are finding new