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Lance and Nina: An Unlikely Story of Recovery and Redemption

At 24, Lance Rice was on schedule to become another sad statistic in the heroin epidemic sweeping through rural Massachusetts.

Best News Feature2014 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2014 / Karen Brown / WFCR, USA

At 24, Lance Rice was on schedule to become another sad statistic in the heroin epidemic sweeping through rural Massachusetts.

But then one night, in a drug-fueled stupor, he robbed the home of Nina Rossi - a local artist and recovering alcoholic. That event set off an unlikely process of recovery and redemption.

Lance and Nina: An Unlikely Story of Recovery and Redemption won the Best News Feature award at the 2014 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. It was produced by Karen Brown with editor Sam Hudzik for New England Public Radio.

Listen to all twelve winners of the 2014 TC/RHDF Competition, and check out the EXTRA section below for a few related links.


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Karen Brown

Karen Brown (@kbrownreports) is a longtime health reporter at New England Public Radio (WFCR) in Western Massachusetts, where she has produced national radio documentaries on traumatic stress, bipolar disorder, hypochondria, and other mental health issues.


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