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We're thrilled to reveal the winners of the 2020 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition!

Note: this year, we're creating a virtual gallery for these winners within the world of Third Place (our digital destination for programming). You can access that gallery with an all-access Maker Registration.

Announcing the 2020 Third Coast/RHDF Winners

Without further ado... here are the eleven extraordinary stories reflect the finest work in the narrative audio industry & push the boundaries of audio storytelling, selected by these 20 judges, and in the categories of... Best New Artist, Radio Impact, Best News Feature, Audio Unbound, Best Documentary: Short, Best Documentary: Non-English Language, Best Serialized Story, Best Documentary (Gold, Silver, Bronze), and Directors’ Choice:

Best New Artist: Infinities

Produced by Boen Wang for the University of Pittsburgh.

Impact: Dat Rona

Produced for In Those Genes Podcast by Dr. Janina Jeff (Host and Executive Producer) and Sam Riddell (Lead Producer). Chad Milner is the Music Producer, Chris Diggins is the Creative Director and Dr. Ashira Blazer is the guest medical expert for this episode.

Best News Feature: Diary of a HomeSchooler

Produced by Anayansi Diaz-Cortes for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX, in partnership with Chalkbeat. Sarah Alli-Brown was the diarist. The story was edited by Brett Myers and based on reporting from Kalyn Belsha, with sound design from Jim Briggs and Fernando Arruda. Kevin Sullivan was the executive producer.

AUDIO UNBOUND: Songs of Speculation (excerpt)

Written & performed by Jillian Walker, with sound design & engineering by Ben Williams. Co-produced by Jillian Walker & Ben Williams for

BEST DOCUMENTARY: SHORT: Centenarians in Lockdown

Produced by Nellie Gilles, Sarah Kate Kramer and Joe Richman of Radio Diaries . It was edited by Deborah George and Ben Shapiro and originally aired on NPR. Part of the Hunker Down Diaries Series.


Written by Catalina May and Dennis Maxwell, edited by Catalina May, sound designed by Martín Cruz and produced by Dennis Maxwell for Las Raras. Scored by Andrés Nusser.


Narrated by Shapearl Wells, produced by Alison Flowers and Bill Healy, and edited by Sarah Geis for Invisible Institute, Topic Studios, The Intercept and iHeart Radio, in association with TenderfootTV. It was mixed by Michael Raphael with sound design by Bart Warshaw and Carl Scott.


Produced by Allison Behringer with Hannah Harris Green, and edited by Bethany Denton with Cassius Adair and Caitlin Pierce for Bodies from KCRW. It was mixed by Myke Dodge Weiskopf, with music and sound design from Dara Hirsch. Lila Hassan provided translation assistance. The managing producer was Kristen Lepore.


Written by Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr. and produced by Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr. and Jay Allison for


Produced by Axel Kacoutié and edited by Eleanor McDowall for Short Cuts from BBC Radio 4.

Directors' Choice: The Work Of Closing A Notorious Jail

Reported by Carolina Hidalgo for 70 Million and edited by Jen Chien, with sound design by Luis M. Gil, and fact checking from Sarah McClure.

Best of the Best Broadcast

Best of the Best is an annual ode to audio storytelling, taking listeners on a journey through the full breadth of what’s possible in stories made from sound. The 2020 program — airing on public radio stations across the U.S. — will feature the winning stories of the 2020 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with the makers.

We're thrilled to introduce our new host for the 2020 Best of the Best Broadcast is Palace Shaw.

To inquire about purchasing Best of the Best for your station, contact Senior Producer Isabel Vázquez.