Religion: manifestly non-religious
Name: Gene Powers
First Appearance: Action Comics (vol. 1) #18 (Nov. 1939): "Superman's Super-Campaign"
Number of appearances: 1
Worked for: Morning Herald
Note: crooked tabloid reporter; blackmailed U.S. Senator
An interesting trivia note is that, as far as we can tell, Gene Powers was the first person ever to be shown being spied on by Superman (or Clark Kent) using his X-ray vision. This took place on page 5 of the Superman story in Action Comics #18 (Nov. 1939).
This character is in the following story which has been indexed by this website:
Action Comics (vol. 1) #18 (Nov. 1939): "Superman's Super-Campaign"