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'Believed' hosts named Livingston Award finalists

Michigan Radio reporters Lindsey Smith and Kate Wells have been named finalists for the 2019 University of Michigan Livingston Awards for Young Journaists. The nomination of the pair in the “Local Reporting” category recognizes their work on the award winning podcast series, Believed.

Winners will be announced on June 4, 2019, at the annual Livingston Awards luncheon in New York City. The awards bolster the work of young reporters, create the next generation of journalism leaders and mentors, and advance civic engagement around powerful storytelling. “Local Reporting” finalists named alongside Smith and Wells include journalists from the San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Post.

Believed is an award winning podcast collaboration from Michigan Radio and NPR that sought to share the stories of the survivors and families impacted by Larry Nassar’s victimization of young women and athletes over a span of more than 20 years.

“Each year the Livingston Awards finalists remind us of the essential role journalism plays not simply in documenting facts, but in helping us all to understand, question and experience the complex issues of our times,” said Wallace House Director Lynette Clemetson. “Through excellence in reporting and creativity in storytelling these finalists moved the narrative on stories dominating the headlines and those that were largely unknown.”

The Livingston Awards for Young Journalists and the University of Michigan announced today the 2019 finalists in local, national and international reporting. The awards honor the best reporting and storytelling by journalists under the age of 35 across all forms of journalism. The 55 finalist selections were chosen from more than 400 entries.