Shannon Heffernan

Shannon Heffernan (@shannon_h) is a criminal justice reporter for WBEZ.

Her reporting has earned her a National Murrow Award for best writing and a PRINDI for best writing. Shannon also writes short fictional stories and has been published in Hobart, The Indiana Review and The Columbia Review, where she won the 2016 prize for fiction.

Her work has been heard on both local and national programming including This American Life, Morning Edition, and the podcast 16 Shots, which was a Scripps Howard finalist and National Headliner award winner.


This curated Listening Reel was screened at the 2019 Third Coast Conference in Chicago.


This year we honored the best audio work in the following categories: Best Documentary (Gold, Silver, Bronze, Honorable Mention), Directors Choice, Best New Artist, Best News Feature and Radio Impact. Additionally, Ira Glass of This American Life created The Little Mermaid Award to honor beautifully produced work that is out for fun.