THIRD COAST INTERNATIONAL AUDIO FESTIVAL

ATC’s “Teen Contender” captures gold award for best documentary

By Theodore Fischer and Andrew Lapin

The segment produced for All Things Considered’s “Radio Diaries” by Joe Richman, Sue Jaye Johnson and Samara Freemark told the story of 16-year-old boxer Claressa Shields’ preparations for her gold medal–winning performance in the 2012 Olympics.

Claressa Shields, right, is the subject of “Teen Contender” from Joe Richman’s Radio Diaries. (Photo: Sue Jaye Johnson)

At the Third Coast awards ceremony Oct. 7 in Evanston, Ill., Shields said that she would have been disappointed if the documentary had lost because she had never received anything less than gold in her life. She then led a brief tutorial on proper jab technique.

This American Life won a silver award for best documentary for “What Happened At Dos Erres,” the story of a 1982 military massacre in Guatemala produced by Brian Reed and Habiba Nosheen, and co-reported by Sebastian Rotella of ProPublica and Ana Arana of Fundación MEPI.

American Public Media’s Marketplace received the TCIAF award for best news features for “The Battle over Billing Codes,” a segment about healthcare paperwork produced by Gregory Warner and edited by Betsy Streisand.

Allison Swaim was named Best New Artist for “Big Ship Diary,” a documentary about the crew of a Great Lake cargo ship that she produced and reported for the WBEZ Chicago series Front and Center.

This year’s winners received cash awards of $1,000 to $4,000 plus a license for Hindenburg Journalist Pro editing software. The programs will also be broadcast nationally this month in Best of the Best: The 2012 Third Coast Festival Broadcast, distributed by PRX.

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