Winner 1995

Kevin’s Sentence

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

The impact of drunk driving on young lives and on the criminal justice system became both personalized and poignant in this powerful radio documentary. Kevin Hollinsky was convicted of dangerous driving in an accident which resulted in the deaths of two passengers in his vehicle – his best friends. Over objections by prosecutors and one victim’s father, Kevin was spared jail time and was sentenced instead to make a series of public appearances to condemn drunk driving by telling his tragic story. The appearances would ultimately include the police officer who mad the initial arrest and the victim’s father who had originally objected to Kevin’s sentence. This absorbing radio documentary by executive producer Patsy Pehleman and writer/producer Bob Carty captures Kevin’s emotional testimony to other teenagers. For creating a documentary of exceptional intensity, a Peabody to CBS English Radio for Kevin’s Sentence.