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StartUp’s Alex Blumberg, On the Media’s Brooke Gladstone, TWIT’s Leo Laporte and TED Radio Hour’s Guy Raz to Judge New Webby Awards for Podcasts

NEW YORK, September 13, 2016 – Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor,” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards today launched its 21st Annual Call for Entries with an all-star lineup of Podcast professionals tapped to judge its new Podcast & Digital Audio Webby Awards.

Ten Podcast & Digital Audio categories were announced, with the aim to celebrate and recognize excellence in the beloved medium and its ever-growing presence and impact on news, entertainment and digital culture. By working together with creators, producers and hosts from some of the most-admired programs, executives hope that the type of high visibility recognition a Webby provides will bring even more legitimacy to the medium for advertisers and help fans uncover its hidden gems.

“We hope that by bringing these exceptionally talented people together—many of those responsible for the incredible quality of Podcasts and digital audio out there today—and giving them an opportunity to recognize their favorite programs, we can play our small part in helping fans discover programming they love and driving more funding and investment to the industry from advertisers and media companies alike,” said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of The Webbys.

Webby Podcast & Digital Audio Judges include: Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, StartUp and Gimlet Media founder Alex Blumberg, TED Radio Hour Host Guy Raz, This Week in Tech’s Leo Laporte, On the Media’s Brooke Gladstone, Panoply/Slate Revisionist History and The Message’s Jacob Weisberg and Andrew Chugg, Death, Sex & Money host Anna Sale, FiveThirtyEight Podcast host Jody Avirgan and Radiotopia Executive Producer Julie Shapiro. For a full list of Webby Podcast & Digital Audio judges and categories visit

The early entry deadline to submit work for consideration in all Webby categories, including Websites, Film & Video, Mobile, Social, Advertising, Media & PR and Podcasts is FridayOctober 28, 2016.

During a milestone 20th anniversary year in 2016, The Webby Awards celebrated its most successful year yet with nearly 13,000 entries from all 50 U.S. states and more than 70 countries worldwide in 2016. This year’s entrants will have the chance to join past winners like The Onion (Lifetime Achievement), HBO NOW (Best Streaming Video App), Tyler Oakley (Best Web Personality), VICE (Best Cultural Website), TED (Best News and Live Webcasts), Game of Thrones (Best Social Presence) and Girls creators and Lenny Letter founders Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner.

All entries compete for the Webby Award (as voted on by IADAS) and the Webby People’s Voice Award (as voted online by the fans). Last year, more than 650,000 Internet fans from more than 240 countries and territories around the world cast their votes. For more information on the 21st Annual Webby Awards and to enter, please visit


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About the Webby Awards:
Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Film & Video, Advertising, Media & PR, Mobile Sites & Apps, Social and Podcasts & Digital Audio. Established in 1996, The Webby Awards received nearly 13,000 entries from all 50 states and over 70 countries worldwide this year. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Xfinity, Google, Verizon, Vitamin T, Zipcar, YouTube, Adformatie, Advertising Age, Association of Registered Graphic Designers, Billboard, Creativepool, Daily Pnut, Digiday, General Assembly, FITC, Internet Week New York, Mashable, Northside Festival, Social Media Week, SoDA, Springwise, Sysomos, Taste Talks, The Hollywood Reporter and Tube Filter.