The annual Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition honors the most creative and compelling audio work being produced worldwide. The Radio Impact award recognizes a documentary or feature that has significantly impacted an individual, group or community. This year’s Third Coast competition featured more than 550 entries from 17 countries.
The Not Safe to Drink documentary traced the story of the Flint water crisis, and how the water in Flint became unsafe to drink, bathe in and use for cooking. The documentary first aired on Michigan Radio in December, 2015 and has also aired nationally on public radio’s “Reveal” program. Not Safe to Drink was reported and produced by Lindsey Smith and edited by Sarah Hulett, with reporting help from Michigan Radio‘s Steve Carmody, Rebecca Williams and Mark Brush and editing help from Jennifer Guerra.
“I’m extremely proud of the hard work our news team put into covering the Flint water crisis,” said Michigan Radio News Director Vincent Duffy. “It’s great to see that hard work recognized with this prestigious award against world-wide competition.”