CBC's Finding Cleo wins best serialized story at Third Coast International Audio Festival
investigation that revealed the truth behind a young girl's disappearance is
now being recognized at one of the world's top audio festivals.
Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo won the inaugural award for best
serialized story at the Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago,
which awards excellence in non-fiction audio storytelling.
podcast follows host Connie Walker's investigation into the disappearance of
Cleopatra Semaganis Nicotine. In the 1970s, the young Cree girl was apprehended
by child welfare workers in Saskatchewan and adopted into an American family.
siblings, who were also placed with new families, reconnected as adults — but
for decades, they couldn't find Cleo. The painful rumours about her fate, and
their prolonged search for the truth, form the heart of the 10-part podcast.
are thrilled that Cleo's story is being heard by people around the world and
recognized by the judges at Third Coast," said Walker, who wanted the
podcast to both solve the mystery and shed light on the bigger context around
the controversial Adopt Indian and Métis program.
was a privilege to be entrusted to tell Cleo's story — to help her family
uncover the truth about her death but also to shine a light on what happened to
a generation of Indigenous children who were taken during the Sixties
herself a Cree woman from Saskatchewan, said she recognized something of
herself in the story. She and her production team spent months "consumed"
by their investigation.
I saw the photo of Cleo for the first time, I felt like she could have been
somebody that I knew growing up," she said. "It really hit home for
story captured the attention of a panel of judges from Third Coast, who bill
their annual awards ceremony as the "Oscars of Radio" and review
entries from around the world.