The Podcast Academy Second Annual Award Winners

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The Podcast Academy, the preeminent professional podcast organization, tonight hosted its second annual Awards for Excellence in Audio ( The Ambies ). The show celebrates and elevates podcasts as a unique and personal medium for entertainment, information, storytelling and expression. This year’s ceremony highlighted 178 nominees across 25 categories with winners selected by every voting member of The Podcast Academy.

The second annual Ambies Award was co-hosted by Ross Mathews and Nikki Boyer from The Mayan Theater in Los Angeles. This year’s Ambies were presented by Wondery with additional support from Audible, Audacy, PRX, Tenderfoot TV, The Hollywood Reporter , Apollo Podcasts, Castbox, Loeb & Loeb and IMDb.

The Ambies celebrate excellence in podcasting and elevate awareness and status of podcasts as a unique and personal medium for entertainment, information, storytelling, and expression. The ceremony will highlight 178 nominees across 25 categories with winners selected by every voting member of The Podcast Academy — in addition to a Governor’s Award that will be announced at a later date.

Donald Albright, Chairman of the Podcast Academy and President & Co-Founder of Tenderfoot TV stated: “The Podcast Academy is proud to share that it received a 34% increase in submissions compared to its inaugural awards last year. As the medium continues to grow, we have decided to introduce two new categories: Best Indie Podcast and Best Podcast for Kids. The inclusion of these categories is a testament to our mission of supporting independent creators and recognizing areas of our expanding industry. Congratulations to all of our well-deserved nominees.”

Second Annual Awards for Excellence Winners:

Podcast of The Year (Sponsored by Audacy):
Amazon Music, Pineapple Street Studios, and Wondery

Best Business Podcast:

Business Wars

Best Comedy Podcast:

How Did This Get Made?

Best Documentary Podcast:

Stay Away From Matthew MaGill
Pineapple Street Studios

Best Entertainment Podcast:

Back Issue
Pineapple Street Studios

Best Fiction Podcast (Sponsored by Apollo):

Black Box
Orphan Black: The Next Chapter
Princess of South Beach
Sonoro, Telemundo

Best History Podcast:

Slow Burn: The L.A. Riots

Best Indie Podcast (Sponsored by TenderfootTV):

An Arm and a Leg
Public Road Productions

Best Interview Show:

70 Over 70
Pineapple Studios

Best Knowledge, Science or Tech Podcast:

Overheard at National Geographic
National Geographic Partners

Best News Podcast

Up First

Best Original Score and Music Supervision:

Amazon Music, Pineapple Street Studios, and Wondery

Best Performer in Audio Fiction (Sponsored by Audible):

Edith! – Rosamund Pike
QCODE, Crooked Media

Best Personal Growth / Spirituality Podcast:

Life Kit

Best Podcast for Kids:

Music Blocks
Colorado Public Radio

Best Podcast Host:

It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders – Sam Sanders

Best Politics or Opinion Podcast:

Billie Was a Black Woman
Paramount Audio/Spoke Media/Audible Originals

Best Production and Sound Design (Sponsored by PRX):

Twenty Thousand Hertz
Defacto Sound

Best Reporting:

Pineapple Street Studios, Amazon Music & Wondery

Best Scriptwriting, Fiction:

Soft Voice – James Bloor

Best Scriptwriting, Nonfiction:

Have You Heard George’s Podcast? – George the Poet
BBC Sounds

Best Society and Culture Podcast:

Billie Was a Black Woman
Paramount Audio/ Spoke Media/Audible Originals

Best Sports Podcast:

The Lead
Wondery & The Athletic

Best True Crime Podcast (Sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter):

Wondery & Campside Media

Best Wellness or Relationships Podcast:

On Purpose with Jay Shetty
Record Edit Podcast

Founded in February 2020, The Podcast Academy is a non-profit professional membership
organization that celebrates excellence in podcasting and elevates awareness of podcasts as
an indispensable medium for entertainment, information, and creative expression. It values
individual and organizational creators alike, of all backgrounds and means, and defines
achievement through the values of quality, creativity, innovation, inclusion, and impact. The
Podcast Academy provides community, professional development, and industry connections
through inclusive, dynamic programming. For more information about The Podcast Academy,
please visit and follow/like/subscribe on Instagram, Twitter,
Facebook, YouTube and Linkedin.


  1. Hello there
    I need to know if you have a Spanish language category
    Thank you
    Sal Morales

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