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Third Coast Award: Centenarians in Lockdown

We’re thrilled to announce that our story Centenarians in Lockdown has won a 2020 Third Coast Award! Check out the full list of winners and learn more about this year’s (virtual) festival here.

Joe Newman is 107 years old. He was 5 during the flu pandemic of 1918. Today, he lives in a senior apartment complex in Sarasota, Florida with his fiancé, Anita Sampson. They met 16 years ago. Anita just turned 100 and they had planned a big party, with cake and karaoke. But because of the coronavirus, the party was cancelled. They’re in lockdown. As part of our new series, Hunker Down Diaries, we sent them a recorder and they interviewed each other on Anita’s 100th birthday. 

 

This story originally aired on NPR’s All Things Considered as part of our Hunker Down Diaries series, you can listen to all 7 stories here. Image of Joe Newman and Anita Sampson, courtesy of ABC Action News. Hunker Down Diaries Logo by 13milliseconds

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