READ ABOUT THIS YEAR’s WINNERSThis blog is about improving the quality of broadcast journalism. We salute these Alfred I. duPont-Columbia U. Award winners.
New York, NY, January 12, 2009—Thirteen winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia
University Awards were announced today by Columbia University’s Graduate School of
Journalism. WFAA-TV, Dallas, will receive a Gold Baton, the awards’ highest honor, for its
continuing commitment to outstanding investigative reporting. It will be the first time a local
station has won a Gold Baton in that award’s 20-year history.
This year’s awards will go to news programs featuring a wide range of topics and production
styles. They include international reports, such as ABC News Nightline’s gripping combat
reporting in eastern Afghanistan; NPR’s breaking news coverage of the earthquake in China;
CNN’s global documentation of the rise of religious fundamentalism; and a courageous report
from Current TV on Russian neo-Nazis. Other programs to be honored include an illuminating
California Newsreel investigation into health disparities in the United States; a prescient radio
coproduction from NPR and This American Life about the subprime mortgage crisis; a chilling
investigation into corrupt pediatric dental clinics by WJLA-TV, Washington, DC; and a series of
reports by WTVT-TV, Tampa, that freed a wrongfully convicted man from prison.