Who is series podcast host Sarah Koenig?

In 2014, a podcast called Serial broke out of its true crime niche and launched into a full-fledged social phenomenon.

The woman behind the successful podcast is called Sarah Koenig.

Podcaster Sarah Koenig kneels behind Marilyn Mosby, the Maryland Attorney for Baltimore, and records her statement to the press after a judge overturned Syed's conviction

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Podcaster Sarah Koenig kneels behind Marilyn Mosby, the Maryland Attorney for Baltimore, and records her statement to the press after a judge overturned Syed’s convictionPhoto credit: Reuters

Who is series podcast host Sarah Koenig?

Sarah Koenig, 53, is an investigative journalist-turned-podcast producer and host.

She is credited with bringing podcasts into the mainstream as a form of commonly digested media.

Her hit podcast Serial delved deep into the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, a Baltimore, Maryland teenager who went missing in January 1999.

Koenig captured days of footage of interviews between her and key players in Lee’s world.

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She was soon poking holes in the prosecution’s case against Lee’s ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed, who was convicted of her 2000 murder.

The podcast won the 2014 Peabody Award, marking the first time a podcast had been honored with the award.

It has since won other major journalism awards, including the duPont Columbia, Scripps Howard, and Edward R. Murrow awards.

Before hosting and producing Serial, Koenig worked as a producer on the series This American Life and as a journalist for the New York Times.

Did Serial lead to Adnan Syed’s conviction being overturned?

Adnan Syed, Hae Min Lee’s ex-boyfriend, was a direct hit for prosecutors, especially when his defense attorney omitted critical facts and witnesses in the case.

On September 19, 2022, after more than two decades in prison for a crime Syed claims he did not commit, a Baltimore judge overturned his conviction.

Attorney Chris Flohr cries as he hugs podcaster Sarah Koenig after Adnan Syed was released from prison

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Attorney Chris Flohr cries as he hugs podcaster Sarah Koenig after Adnan Syed was released from prisonPhoto credit: Reuters

It’s virtually impossible that Adnan Syed would be released from prison today without the podcast Serial.

Prior to the podcast, Lee’s death was mostly local news, and it was a 15-year-old case.

By putting it in the global spotlight, Koenig and her team managed to increase Adnan’s visibility and also gave him resources he might not have had otherwise.

Koenig managed to remain largely neutral during the podcast itself; However, after Syed’s release from prison, she was interviewed by the New York Times.

She said, “And so, at 18, this kid goes to prison forever based on a story that wasn’t accurate.”

“We wanted people to think about this: even putting aside the question of Adnan’s guilt or innocence, are we okay with a system that works like this?”

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How can I listen to Serial?

Serial is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

Koenig released a special update episode in the early hours of September 20, 2022 covering the breaking news following the quashing of Adnan Syed’s conviction.

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