Best of the Best 2017 (Part 1)

This hour, some of the winners of our annual Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2017 / TCF, USA

This hour, some of the winners of our annual Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

Quiet Revolution — Best New Artist Award
by Laura Irving for
This autobiographical account follows a middle-aged woman embarking on an unconventional new hobby of roller skating. Is she a fearless warrior against age and gender stereotypes?

Standing Out from the Crowd at a Trump Rally — Best News Feature Award
by Ike Sriskandarajah for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX
In Myrtle Beach, candidate Donald Trump spoke at a Tea Party convention about banning Muslims: “We don’t know where these guys are from.” At a motorcycle rally outside, producer Ike Sriskandarajah is personally confronted with the same skepticism.

Blink Once for Yes — Best Documentary: Bronze Award
by John Fecile, Steven Jackson and Lizzie Schiffman Tufano for Love + Radio, from Radiotopia
When Mike comes home after an accident, his family is faced with a new reality and an impossible choice.

Heavyweight: Gregor — Skylarking Award
by Jonathan Goldstein with co-producers Wendy Dorr, Kalila Holt, Chris Neary for Heavyweight from Gimlet Media.
20 years ago, Gregor lent some CDs to a musician friend. The CDs helped make him a famous rockstar. Now, Gregor would like some recognition. But mostly, he wants his CDs back.

Emancipation: A Young Man Leaves Foster Care on His Own Terms — Radio Impact Award
by Noel Anaya with Brett Myers and Denise Tejada for Youth Radio and NPR’s All Things Considered
When Noel Anaya had his final hearing before aging out of California’s foster care system, he wanted to bring millions into that courtroom with him, where he’d suffered time and time again.

Majd’s Diary: Two Years in the Life of a Saudi Girl — Best Documentary: Silver Award
by Sarah Kate Kramer and Joe Richman for Radio Diaries and NPR’s All Things Considered
Majd Abdulghani dreams of becoming a scientist, while her parents want to arrange her marriage. From the age of 19 to 21, Majd Abdulghani used a microphone to chronicle her life, taking listeners inside a society where the voices of women are rarely heard.

This hour of Best of the Best was produced by Dennis Funk.

Music for Best of the Best was provided by Patient Sounds, a private-press record label and book publisher in Chicago.

produced by

Laura Irving

Laura Irving quit a sensible job to spend a year learning about radio- she’ll graduate in November 2017.

Ike Sriskandarajah

Ike Sriskandarajah (@RadioIke) is an Emmy award-winning radio producer and reporter at Reveal from The Center For Investigative Reporting. As a speaker at the 2019 Late Night Provocations, Ike will give tips to keep bias out of your questions and your copy.

Steven Jackson

Steven Jackson (he/him) is an audio producer based in Portland, Maine. He has worked as a freelance reporter, newsroom producer, sound designer, mix engineer, and composer — and is usually doing a combination of all of the above.

Nick van der Kolk

Nick van der Kolk (@nickvdk) is a radio producer, sound designer, and events organizer whose work has aired on numerous radio outlets worldwide.

Jonathan Goldstein

Jonathan Goldstein (@J_Goldstein) was the host and creator of Wiretap which ran on CBC Radio for 11 years. His new podcast for Gimlet Media is Heavyweight.

Wendy Dorr

Wendy is the Senior Producer of Heavyweight Season 1.

Chris Neary

Chris Neary (@cjneary) is a producer at Gimlet Media and a former producer at On the Media .

Noel Anaya

Noel Anaya is writer and producer with Youth Radio and student at Laney College.

Brett Myers

Brett Myers (@BrettMyers) is a Senior Radio Editor for Reveal at The Center for Investigative Reporting. As a Story Doctor at the 2019 Third Coast Conference, Brett will meet one-on-one with producers to treat their story ailments.

Youth Radio

Youth Radio’s mission (@youthradio) is to revolutionize how youth tell stories and the ways people connect with next-generation journalists and artists.

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