Harper High School

In the 2011 -2012 school year, Harper High School, located in one of Chicago's most violent neighborhoods, saw 29 of its current and recent students shot.

Best Documentary: Gold2013 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2013 / Alex Kotlowitz / Ben Calhoun / Linda Lutton / This American Life, USA

In the 2011 -2012 school year, Harper High School, located in one of Chicago's most violent neighborhoods, saw 29 of its current and recent students shot.

21 were wounded, eight of them died. This American Life spent five months at Harper following staff, students and families as the struggled to cope with the previous year's trauma and to ward off new violence. Here's an excerpt from the one-hour documentary.

Harper High School won the Best Documentary: Gold Award in the 2013 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. It was produced by Ben Calhoun, Linda Lutton and Alex Kotlowitz, with producer and editor Julie Snyder, co-producer Robyn Semien and editor Ira Glass for This American Life.

Listen to all nine winners of the 2013 TC/RHDF Competition, and check out the EXTRA section below for a few related links and to hear Linda, Alex and Ben (via letter) accepting their award.


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Alex Kotlowitz

Alex Kotlowitz is a regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine , The New Yorker , and This American Life , among other publications.


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