Finalist

Seeking Asylum: Young Migrants Hope to Make Oakland Their Home
Single-Topic News or Feature: Broadcast

About the Entry

The work of orienting young migrant children often falls to resource-strapped schools like Castlemont High School in East Oakland, Calif., where hundreds of newcomers need help adjusting to their new realities.

Entry Credit

  • Hannah Kingsley-Ma, Reporter, KALW Public Radio
  • Liza Veale, Reporter, KALW Public Radio

Comments from the Judges

“This is a really compelling story that took some time to tell. There were several wonderful scenes here and the reporters did a great job telling the stories of school initiatives, student-led solutions to bullying and complicated race relations.”

“I loved this angle on newcomer kids – it’s amazing this perspective isn’t more well covered. And this is a really good exploration of their experience … especially in the discussion of funding, race and competition over limited resources, I felt like I was hearing something that I rarely hear discussed honestly on the radio (or in any media). I thought this story was fascinating.”

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