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On Point takes home two Gracies for outstanding programming about women by women

Two wins in the investigative feature and public affairs categories are the On Point team's latest honors at The Gracies. The show, produced by WBUR and distributed by American Public Media, investigates domestic violence in honored segments An 'invisible epidemic': Survivors of domestic violence on living with traumatic brain injury and Behind the decades-long fight to close the 'boyfriend loophole.'

"Both episodes shine a light on under-reported stories that we at On Point believe, while sometimes difficult to hear, are essential to tell," says Jonathan Dyer, the show's executive producer. "It's enormously gratifying to be recognized by our peers in journalism, and we think that speaks to the value that On Point uniquely brings our listeners."

The annual Gracie Awards, presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, recognize individuals and teams who reflect the roles, stories and priorities of women in their work. Founded in 1975 and named in honor of late comedian and businesswoman Gracie Allen, The Gracies have formed a community of leaders, visionaries and legends in media and entertainment.

Last year, On Point was recognized in the national radio documentary category for Chauvin Trial: A Look Back at 1992 LA and America Since Rodney King. This year, the team will be honored alongside fellow Gracies winners on May 23, 2023 in Los Angeles.

More on On Point's winning segments:

An 'invisible epidemic': Survivors of domestic violence on living with traumatic brain injury

The suffering caused by domestic violence is emotional, spiritual and physical – and it can manifest for decades after abuse. Why is there so little research and awareness? This segment from host Meghna Chakrabarti and producer Paige Sutherland features a survivor, a neuroscientist and a licensed social worker who unpack traumatic brain injuries and their impacts – "problems with balance[,] vision, sensory problems, seizures, headaches" – which often go unseen.

Behind the decades-long fight to close the 'boyfriend loophole'

A convicted domestic abuser, or anyone who has a personal protective order issued against them, can't buy or possess a gun. That's federal law. Except, there's a loophole: If the abuser is the victim's partner, they're free to own firearms. Closing that gap is about "saving lives," says a domestic violence policy advocate featured in this segment from On Point host Meghna Chakrabarti, producer Paige Sutherland and sound designer and producer Tim Skoog. Survivors, a public health expert and the director of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and Firearms also weigh in.



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