Circa won its first Webby Award for the profile of "The People Walker," the site announced Tuesday.
Chuck McCarthy walks around Los Angeles walking people for fitness, safety and for a good conversation. The story was reported and produced by Stephanie Abrams and edited by Taylor Holland. Dan Milano was the assigning editor, and Rob Dixter was the managing editor.
The video won the "Weird" category in the Online Film & Video division.
WATCH | Here's the winning video.
Here's the Webby description of the Weird category:
"Online film and video that is strange, offbeat or odd. This category includes video that reflects a unique perspective in thought and action strong enough to start a revolution, change a behavior pattern, or advance old thinking lodged in bad habits, or that are just plain strange."
The story also won the "People's Voice" in that category, which was chosen by popular vote.
From Circa's chief operating officer John Solomon:
"The 2017 Webbys announced this morning that the Circa submission won in the highly competitive online film and video category. It’s the latest recognition for a video original that has generated more than 30 million views since it debuted last fall, introducing Circa’s unique video storytelling and a undeniably fascinating character to large swaths of American millennials."
From reporter Stephanie Abrams:
"When I heard about The People Walker, I knew the story would be fun to tell and a bit quirky. But it wasn’t until I met Chuck, this big hairy sweet guy, that I realized he was also a bit of a superhero. His service wasn’t just weird, it was comforting and needed, giving people something that they really benefited from. So, that’s how I told the story. It’s a weird idea, but it’s also really wonderful."
From The People Walker himself:
"I just woke up one day a kind of celebrity for doing something most people do everyday and have for thousands of years. It was all because of this story, and now the story is the story. I guess it proves that the most important step to success is the first step- trying. It's a trail as old as time."