The Road Not Taken
The Edwin Gould Foundation Eddie Award

About the Entry

This documentary podcast episode examines the separate paths out of poverty chosen by two women: one drops out of college so she can work and continue to receive cash welfare, and the other participates in a program that allows her to finish her degree.

Entry Credit

  • Krissy Clark, Host and Senior Correspondent, Marketplace
  • Gina Delvac, Associate Producer, Marketplace
  • Caitlin Esch, Producer, Marketplace
  • Nancy Farghalli, Senior Producer, Marketplace
  • Sitara Nieves, Executive Producer, Marketplace
  • Amy Scott, Senior Correspondent, Marketplace
  • Betsy Streisand, Senior Editor, Marketplace

Comments from the Judges

“An eye-opening look at the consequences (unintended or not) of a decision 20 years ago to close the door to college for welfare recipients in favor of low-paying, dead-end jobs. The people they found to interview presented at times heart-wrenching stories of what could have been or tales of hopefulness. The conversation between the two reporters moved the story forward with such ease that it felt as though I was listening to a couple of friends talking about the situation. There was no moment when it dragged and I lost interest.”

“Excellent journalism here that raises fascinating questions about how a largely unexamined detail in 1996’s welfare reform had embedded within it an assumption that helped spur the development of for-profit institutions. The individual stories, which illustrated the nuances of policy and personal choice were very well done. Bravo.”


EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2018 National Awards for Education Reporting.