2019 Best Audio Storytelling (Larger Staff) Finalist: WHYY Staff

Avi Wolfman-Arent (reporter), Kevin McCorry (editor) and Charlie Kaier (sound mixer) | WHYY

About the Entry

Avi Wolfman-Arent talked to young adults in KIPP Philadelphia’s inaugural class to explore the long-term impact of the school on their lives, how young adults interpret their own middle school journeys and how middle-school experiences resonate many years after it ends.

Comments from the Judges

“This was a fantastic idea, well-written and narrated and had a very crisp pace. … I’m glad this podcast included data and took us in a very interesting direction by exploring the value of school, how to define student achievement, and whether college is right for everybody.​”

“This charter school examination is thorough, deep and compelling. Its look at outcomes years later is something often missing from education journalism, and it was very well done in this episode.”