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.
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.