Best of the Best 2016 (Part 1)

This hour we're listening to some of the winners of our annual documentary competition.

2016 / TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA

This hour we're listening to some of the winners of our annual documentary competition.

From more than 550 entries in 2016, ten were chosen as winners. This hour we're featuring selections from the winners of the following awards: Best New Artist, Best Documentary: Honorable Mention, Radio Impact, Directors' Choice and Best Documentary: Silver

This hour was produced by Dennis Funk with assistance from Isabel Vázquez.

produced by

Rachel Matlow

Rachel (they/them) is a freelance audio producer, story editor, and writer from Toronto.


Jamil (not his real name) ran a successful electronics business in Afghanistan before he was forced to leave in 2015. After crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece, Jamil worked with Jungala Radio at the Calais Refugee Camp in France where he shared his own stories and those of ohers. He is now going through the asylum process near Marseille.

Lindsey Smith

Lindsey Smith is Michigan Radio's West Michigan Reporter and Investigative Reporter.

Sarah Hulett

As Michigan Radio's senior editor, Sarah Hulett works with about a dozen reporters to help them craft great stories.

Sasha Khokha

Sasha Khokha is the host of KQED's statewide program The California Report, bringing listeners on sound-rich audio excursions around the Golden State.

Bernice Yeung

Bernice Yeung is a reporter for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting covering race and gender.

Daffodil Altan

Daffodil Altan is an Emmy-nominated documentary producer, print journalist, and occasional radio reporter based at UC Berkeley's Investigative Reporting Program.

Samantha Broun

Samantha Broun is a radio and multimedia producer and the Managing Editor for

Jay Allison

Jay Allison (@jay_allison) has been an independent public radio producer, journalist, and teacher since the 1970s.

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