Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has been honored with two Gracie Awards, for a documentary series looking back at news stories that have fallen out of the headlines, and for a radio documentary about a birth control device that has caused health complications for thousands of women.
“The Aftermath,” a four-part documentary series revisiting stories that once dominated the news yet remain relevant today, was honored in the online video series category. Episodes in the series look at what happened in the years following these national tragedies: the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; Erin Brockovich’s crusade against California energy company PG&E; the BART police killing of Oscar Grant in Oakland, California; and the mass shootings in the Colorado cities of Columbine and Aurora.
“The Aftermath” was produced as part of the Glassbreaker Films initiative, funded by the Helen Gurley Brown Foundation, which supported women in documentary filmmaking and investigative journalism. Débora Silva and Olivia Merrion produced and directed the episodes.
The radio documentary winner, “Her own devices: Is a contraceptive implant making us sick?” investigates Essure, an implant that offers a nonsurgical option for permanent birth control. The story won in the investigative radio feature category. It examines problems Essure has caused for thousands of women and traces how the device got to the market in the first place.
The Reveal public radio show and podcast is co-produced with PRX. The story, produced in partnership with The Investigative Fund, was reported by Jennifer Block and produced by Fernanda Camarena.
The Gracies are administered by the Alliance for Women in Media and recognize excellence in programming by, about and for women in all genres of media.
A full list of winners is available on the Gracie Award website.