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Radio Diaries Wins Gold at the Third Coast Festival

Teen boxer Claressa Shields says she’s never gotten anything other than gold, and this weekend at the Third Coast International Audio Festival she kept her record. Radio Diaries is incredibly proud to tell you that our story about Claressa, Teen Contender, won the Gold Award for Best Documentary. If you’ve seen the video of Claressa accepting her Olympic Gold Medal…then you know how we feel.

Claressa Shields, 17, reacts wonderfully to becoming the firs... on Twitpic

At the awards ceremony (brilliantly hosted by our friends, The Kitchen Sisters) our favorite 17-year-old Olympic boxer coached an audience of radio producers and fans on how to throw a winning jab. Thanks to Claressa, public radio is a little bit fiercer now.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped produce this story, especially Sue Jaye Johnson, who introduced us to Claressa, as well as Samara Freemark, Deborah George, Ben Shapiro and Marianne McCune. Congratulations to all the other winners at Third Coast, a talented group that includes producers from This American Life, BBC and WNYC. You can hear all those great stories here.

Photojournalist Sue Jaye Johnson is continuing to document Claressa’s post-Olympic journey in a feature-length film called T-Rex. We’ll keep you posted.

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