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

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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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