Prof. Anne Donohue and Julia Scott, a radio producer, journalist and essayist, won a 2013 Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalism Association for their collaboration “BON VOYAGE” — the story of a dying man and his husband coping with the end of a life and their 36-year relationship. The award was presented in Boston on August 24.
BON VOYAGE aired on Sept. 29, 2012, as part of the series Real America from the BBC World Service. Scott produced the report with Donohue serving as executive producer.
Paul Perkovic and his husband, Eric Trefelner, have lived in style for 36 years. When they find out that Paul has inoperable pancreatic cancer, they decide he should go out in style, too. Eric plans a lavish, quarter million-dollar “Bon Voyage” party at a fine arts museum in San Francisco. Paul and Eric aren’t just planning a party; they’re trying to choreograph a death. But the couple soon discovers that death has its own agenda. BON VOYAGE brings the listener along on the intimate, emotional journey of a same-sex couple coping with mortality.