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Congratulations to Sarah Childress, Senior Editor and Director of Local Projects at FRONTLINE, for winning two Edward R. Murrow Awards. Childress teaches the investigative reporting unit in the MIT science writing program. Alongside her FRONTLINE team, Childress nabbed an Excellence in Innovation Award for “The Virus at Sea,” an intimate multimedia exploration of how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted travelers on a two-week cruise around the Southern Cone of South America. Mixing photos, video interviews, screenshots of texts, social media posts, and interactive elements, the piece follows one man’s experiences as the global pandemic shut down international borders, trapping travelers on board the ship, then began infecting travelers and crew members.

The FRONTLINE team also picked up a win in the Podcasting category for I’m Not a Monster, a series co-produced by BBC Panorama that follows one American family’s journey from Indiana to the Islamic State group’s caliphate and back. In addition to scooping up a Murrow award, the 10-episode series also won a 2021 Webby Award in the Podcasts: Documentary category last May.

You can see all of the Edward R. Murrow Award-winning projects right here.