The duPont Awards Center upholds the highest standards in journalism by honoring winners annually, informing the public about those journalists’ contributions and supporting journalism education and innovation, thereby cultivating a collective spirit for the profession.
Announcing the 2017 duPont-Columbia Winners
New York, N.Y., December 15, 2016 -- Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism today announced the 14 winners of the 2017 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. The winners will be awarded at Low Memorial Library, Jan. 25, 2017, at the awards’ 75th anniversary celebration.
Investigative journalism will be honored with nine awards across network and cable television, radio and local television stations, often in overlapping platforms. Four awards will go to local television news investigations: KXAN for documenting the police’s inaccurate racial profiling records; NBC Connecticut for uncovering widespread home foundation failures; WTHR-TV for exposing massive mismanagement and corruption at a popular charity; and WXIA 11Alive for spotlighting both a problem with the 911 emergency system and promoting potential solutions.
Public broadcasting will receive four awards: two for network hours will go to FRONTLINE’s Syria and Iraq reporting and NOVA’s dazzling yet disturbing look at the impact of global warming. Two silver batons will go to public radio programming: Michigan Radio’s revealing coverage of the Flint water crisis and NPR/Colorado Public Radio’s exposé on the Army’s mistreatment of disabled veterans. The broadcast news networks will take home two duPonts: one goes to NBC News Dateline’s “The Cosby Accusers Speak;” the other for CBS News's breaking coverage of the migrant crisis, respectively. Two documentaries will be honored with awards: one for HBO’s “A Girl in the River” and the second for ESPN Films’ “OJ: Made in America,” a nearly eight hour-long documentary.
The GroundTruth Project, an online nonprofit media organization, will win its first silver baton for Foreverstan: “The Girls’ School” and “Razia’s Way,” a hybrid film, digital and podcast look at Afghan women’s education. Another hybrid work, “Death by Fentanyl,” will also be the first duPont award for Fusion.
The chosen winners reflect the year’s most critical issues - the European migrant crisis, a growing opioid epidemic, environmental threats, the racial divide and a widespread examination of women’s rights, among others.
Five of the 14 winners – from NBC News, FRONTLINE, HBO, ESPN Films and The GroundTruth Project – highlight the hardships and the inspirational stories of women both in the U.S. and abroad.
In 2017, the duPont-Columbia Awards will celebrate their 75th anniversary with special events featuring distinguished past winners, including Ira Glass of This American Life, a past winner of four duPonts, and a tribute to the late Gwen Ifill, PBS’s esteemed news anchor. Since the awards’ founding in 1942, the duPont-Columbia Awards have honored accurate and fair reporting about important issues that are powerfully told. The first awards ceremony honored radio broadcasting, and radio reporting remains a crucial platform for the duPonts.
“Now more than ever, reliable news and information are critical to our society,” said Bill Wheatley, the chairman of this year’s awards jury. “In their 75th year, the duPont Awards continue to recognize the vital contributions to public knowledge made by free, fair and probing journalists.”
The duPont Awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at Columbia University’s Low Memorial Library, and will be co-hosted by Lester Holt, anchor of NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and Dateline, and Jane Pauley, host of CBS News Sunday Morning. The 75th Anniversary duPont-Columbia Awards will be televised on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at 7 p.m. ET on NYC Life/Channel 25, and then will be viewable on this page. NYC Life is part of NYC Media, the official broadcast network and media production entity of the City of New York.
See the complete list of current duPont winners, including photos. See a pdf version of the full press release. More information about the winners can be seen on Twitter using the hashtag #duPont2017.
About the duPont-Columbia Awards
Every year about a dozen news stories and films are honored by the duPont-Columbia University Awards for the strength of their reporting, storytelling and impact in the public interest. The winning pieces are selected by the duPont jury from hundreds of entries vetted by a board of screeners. The awards are presented at Columbia University’s Low Library in a ceremony hosted by some of the country’s leading broadcast journalists. The evening features highlights of the award-winning reporting.
￼For photos, event updates and to interact with our winners, go to the duPont-Columbia Awards Facebook page.
duPont produces year-round programs including our documentary film series Film Fridays, panels, our podcast On Assignment, and interviews in partnership with the University and other media and journalism groups. See the schedule in upcoming events.
The duPont-Columbia Awards Program is grateful to the Jessie Ball duPont Fund for their generous support of outstanding journalism in the public service.
For over 75 years, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards have recognized excellence in broadcast journalism. Regarded today as one of the most prestigious prizes in broadcast and digital news, the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes, the duPont-Columbia Awards bring the best in broadcast and digital journalism to professional and public attention by honoring those who produce it.
Jessie Ball duPont created the awards as a memorial to her husband Alfred I. duPont, who died in 1935. Her goal was to honor his dedication to progressive reform and to freedom of information in the public interest by recognizing the "essential and patriotic service" that radio and its commentators provided during the early years of World War II. The criteria she established then still hold true today:
"...to honor distinguished and meritorious performance of public service by aggressive, consistently excellent and accurate gathering and reporting of news; the presentation of expert, informed and reliable interpretation of news and opinion; and encouragement of initiative, integrity and public service."
The programs that have won the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards document history as it happens. They have captured everything from battlefront reports and commentary to coverage of social issues, from news of the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam and Afghanistan to economics, science, and the environment, and from global events to small-town stories of ordinary people.
As technology evolved, the duPont Awards expanded to include television, and later cable programming. As the forms of television and radio journalism have multiplied, the awards have responded by honoring investigative series, magazine programs, documentaries, independent and digital productions.
DUPONT STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS
Since 1969, select graduate students have worked at the duPont-Columbia Awards, assisting the program as well as learning about journalism in the public service. The program includes scholarships towards tuition for two to three students and helps to foster the next generation of duPont winners, part of our core mission.
How to Enter
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We encourage the submission of daily news stories and breaking news coverage as well as feature stories, documentaries and interactive multimedia reporting on critical subjects. You may submit a series of related reports or selections from a correspondent's beat reporting in a given year. Investigative stories are also encouraged. Work should demonstrate consistent high quality over time, with accurate and fair reporting.
We invite submissions from the following platforms:
- Interactive & Multimedia Productions: including online video
- Network & Cable Programs
- Major Market Stations
- Medium Market Stations
- Small Market Stations
- Independent Productions/Documentary (including festival and theatrical release)
- Local & National Radio/Audio
- Programs must have appeared on air, online or in theaters for the first time between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016.
- Entries must have appeared in the United States.
- An entry in a language other than English is eligible, as long as it is accompanied by English subtitles on screen (preferred) or a complete transcript in English.
- Journalistic treatments of historical periods and their relevance to current issues are eligible. However, programs that are principally historical re-enactments with actors and costumes are not eligible for duPont consideration.
- Funding information for independent productions is mandatory.
Submitting your media
Entrants are responsible for hosting their media. If the entry resides online, please provide a direct link to the piece. Otherwise, please upload it to a site such as YouTube or Vimeo. Links must remain live through January 2017. If your media is password protected, please provide the password where requested on the entry form. (This will only be shared with our screeners & jurors.)
*For entries with multiple links, please include a list of the links in the “program description” on your entry form.
Submit breaking news stories as one consolidated entry from the news organization. For example, coverage about the Boston Marathon bombing reported on multiple platforms should be submitted as one entry. Include entire segments as they originally aired, in chronological order, separated by a few seconds of black. We recommend a slate with the segment name & date. Do not submit narrated highlight reels. The duPont Jury looks for insightful coverage sustained throughout the event or crisis and afterward. Breaking news submissions should not exceed two hours.
Interactive and Multimedia Entries
Excellence in the interactive and multimedia arena requires both outstanding journalism, innovative storytelling and an audio or video component. Past winners include a multi-faceted online site about a deployment of soldiers to Afghanistan, which included videos, reader submitted content, panoramas, and other audio-visual components. Be sure to include the URL for the entry and the URL for any relevant websites (Network, Production Company, etc.) in the online entry form.
Documentaries that have appeared on air, online or in theaters are eligible. A documentary is considered for its journalistic content, storytelling, and editorial independence about critical issues. A documentary qualifies if it has debuted in the U.S. during our eligibility period, or if it has appeared on a broadcast/online platform during our eligibility period. Funding information for independent productions is mandatory. Past winners have been honored for stories about the impact of war, health care, poverty, race and ethnic relations, and historical events. Funding information for independent productions is mandatory.
The duPont Jury honors outstanding reporting in the public service by local television stations, radio stations and websites about important issues in their communities. In recent years, local stations have received duPont Awards for exceptional coverage of the environment, immigration, education, child abuse, poverty, and investigative reporting on corruption in local institutions.
- Entry Process opens: May 1, 2016
- Deadline: July 1 - Extensions are limited and granted at the sole discretion of the Director.
- Judging process: July October 2016
- Winners are notified: November 2016
- Winners are announced: December 2016
- Award Ceremony: January 2017
- Winners' Circle Panel at Columbia University: January 2017
Review and selection
Entries are reviewed by a Board of Screeners, many of whom are past duPont Award winners. The Board of Screeners refer the best programs to the duPont Jury. Winners are selected by the jury in the fall. The awards are presented at Columbia University in January.
To complete the application, you will need:
- a brief program description of your entry
- credit listing (name, title)
- a dedicated URL where the media for your entry is hosted online, including password if applicable (must be live thru January 2017)
- any additional supporting materials in PDF format
- Network & Cable: $250
- Local Television:
- Market Size 1-10: $150
- Market Size 11-50: $100
- Market Size 51-212: $100
- Radio/Audio: $150
- Independent Productions/Documentary: $100
- Interactive/Multimedia/Online Productions: $100
Credit card payment preferred. Checks are also accepted by mail. Make checks payable to the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards.
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duPont Winners Archive
See the list of winners, including video clips.
See the archive of past winners below.
“Bully,” Lee Hirsch, The Weinstein Company, Where We Live Films, BeCause Foundation, The Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, The Fledgling Fund, National Center for Learning Disabilities, and The Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention
Finalist: WNYC, "Radio Rookies: Coming Up in 2011"
North Carolina Public Radio/WUNC, Chapel Hill, “North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty”
PRI, WGBH-TV, Boston, and BBC World Service, “The World: The Global Race for Stem Cell Therapies”
The Kitchen Sisters, Jay Allison and NPR, “Hidden Kitchens”
SILVER BATON ABC News, "Nightline: The State vs. Simpson: The Verdict," "Nightline: Journey of a Country Doctor," "Nightline: Town Meeting: Thou Shall Not Kill"
GOLD BATON Brian Lapping Associates, "Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation" on The Discovery Channel and the BBC
SILVER BATON CBS News, "60 Minutes: Punishing Saddam," "60 Minutes: Too Good to be True"
SILVER BATON HBO, "America Undercover: High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell," and "The Celluloid Closet"
SILVER BATON KREM-TV, Spokane, Washington, "The Wenatchee Child Sex Ring"
SILVER BATON NBC News, "Dateline: Class Photo"
SILVER BATON Norman Corwin and Mary Beth Kirchner for "Fifty Years After 14 August" on NPR
SILVER BATON NOVA/WGBH-TV, "NOVA: Plague Fighters" on PBS
SILVER BATON NPR and Anne Garrels for coverage of the former Soviet Union
SILVER BATON Public Broadcasting Service, "Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud"
SILVER BATON Radio Smithsonian for "Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was" on PRI
SILVER BATON WFAA-TV, Dallas, Texas, For investigate reporting
SILVER BATON WGBH, Frontline, "Shtetl" on PBS
GOLD BATON ABC News, "World News Tonight: Coverage of Haiti by Linda Pattillo," "American Agenda: Women's Health Week," "Day One: Smoke Screen," "Turning Point: Inside the Struggle: The Amy "Biehl Story," "Peter Jennings Reporting: While America Watched--The Bosnia Tragedy"
SILVER BATON Blackside Inc., "The Great Depression" on PBS
SILVER BATON CBS News, "60 Minutes: Semipalatinsk"
SILVER BATON Charles Kuralt, for reporting on CBS News, "Sunday Morning"
SILVER BATON CNN, Coverage of the Moscow Uprising
SILVER BATON Michael Skoler and NPR for coverage of Rwanda
SILVER BATON NPR for coverage of South Africa
SILVER BATON PBS, "Frontline: Romeo and Juliet in Sarajevo"
SILVER BATON Video Verite, "I am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School" on HBO
SILVER BATON WCCO-TV, Minneapolis, Minnesota "Missing the Beat"
SILVER BATON WGBH, "Frontline: Innocence Lost: The Verdict" on PBS
SILVER BATON Wisconsin Pubic Television, "My Promised Land: Bernice Cooper's Story"on PBS
SILVER BATON WTVS-TV, Detroit, Michigan "The Last Hit: Children and Violence"
SILVER BATON ABC News, "20/20: The Gift of Life"
SILVER BATON CNN, Coverage of Bosnia
SILVER BATON ETC Films, Barbara Kopple, "Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson" on NBC
GOLD BATON Fred Friendly, winner for his lifetime contribution to the ethics and practice of journalism
SILVER BATON KRON-TV, San Francisco, "In the Shadow of the Wall"
SILVER BATON M.W. Productions, KQED "Harry Bridges: A Man and His Union"
SILVER BATON PBS, "Move Over: Women and the '92 Campaign"
SILVER BATON PBS, "The Pacific Century"
SILVER BATON WBAI/Pacifica Radio for "Massacre: The Story of East Timor"
SILVER BATON WBFF-TV, Baltimore, Maryland, "Justice on Trial/The Lost Generation/Walking Wounded"
SILVER BATON WGBH-TV, Boston, Massachusetts, "Frontline," The Best Campaign Money Can Buy
SILVER BATON WPLG-TV, Miami, Florida, “Armed Enemies of Castro”
SILVER BATON WTVJ-TV, Miami, Florida The Coverage of Hurricane Andrew
SILVER BATON ABC News, "Nightline" Coverage of the Los Angeles Riots
SILVER BATON Bill Leonard, former producer at CBS News and director of the duPont Awards
SILVER BATON CBS News, "60 Minutes: Made in China"
SILVER BATON David Grubin Productions and KERA-TV, Dallas, Texas, "The American Experience: LBJ" on PBS
SILVER BATON HBO, "Abortion: Desperate Choices" (America Undercover)
SILVER BATON KCNC-TV, Denver, Colorado, "Erin's Life"
SILVER BATON KSTP-TV, St. Paul, Minnesota, "Who's Watching the Store"
SILVER BATON KTTV-TV, Los Angeles, California, "Cops on Trial: The Rodney King Case"
SILVER BATON Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Baton Rouge, Louisiana "Louisiana Boys"
SILVER BATON Lucky Duck Productions and Nickelodeon, "Nick News: W/5"
GOLD BATON National Public Radio, "All Things Considered," "Morning Edition," "Weekend Edition," Coverage of Clarence Thomas Nomination Hearings, Coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots and Aftermath, Voices from the Backstairs, American Folklife Radio Project, and The Case Against Women: Sexism in the Court
SILVER BATON WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, Ohio, "Made in the USA?"
SILVER BATON WCVB-TV, Boston, Massachusetts, "Chronicle" and Environmental Reporting
SILVER BATON WGBH-TV, Boston, Massachusetts, "Frontline: Who Killed Adam Mann?"
SILVER BATON ABC News, Peter Jennings, "A Line in the Sand: War or Peace?", "World News Tonight: Children in Crisis" and "World News Tonight: War in the Gulf: Answering Children's Questions"
SILVER BATON CNN, Peter Arnett's Reports from Baghdad
SILVER BATON KBDI-TV, Denver, Colorado, Carolyn Hales, Tierra O Muerte: Land or Death
SILVER BATON KPIX-TV, San Francisco, Richard Saiz, California, "Wards of the State"
SILVER BATON KWWL-TV, Waterloo, Iowa, "Cloud of Concern"
SILVER BATON National Public Radio for coverage of the Gulf War
SILVER BATON PBS, Friends of Le Chambon, Pierre Sauvage, "Weapons of the Spirit"
SILVER BATON PBS, Frontline: High Crimes and Misdemeanors
GOLD BATON PBS, Public Affairs Television, Bill Moyers, "After the War," "The Home Front," "Beyond Hate," "Amazing Grace"
SILVER BATON WETA-TV and Florentine Films, Ken Burns, "The Civil War"
SILVER BATON WFAA-TV, Dallas, Texas, Coverage of the Gulf War
SILVER BATON WGBH-TV, Boston, Massachusetts, "Frontline: Innocence Lost"
SILVER BATON WTBS-TV, National Geographic Society, "Explorer: The Urban Gorilla"
SILVER BATON ABC News, "Peter Jennings Reporting: From the Killing Fields"
SILVER BATON Blackside Inc., "Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads"
SILVER BATON CBS News, "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" for human stories behind the fall of Communist governments
SILVER BATON Exit Films, Cambridge, Massachusetts, "Near Death"
SILVER BATON Helen Borten and National Public Radio for "Horizons: And Justice for All"
SILVER BATON KCBS-AM, San Francisco, California, for coverage of the earthquake
SILVER BATON KING-TV, Seattle, Washington, "Critical Choices: America's Health Care Crisis"
SILVER BATON KQED-TV, San Fransciso, California, Scott Pearson and Lewis Cohen, "Express: Shield for Abuse"
SILVER BATON NBC News, "NBC Nightly News: Tragedy at Pine Ridge"
SILVER BATON P.O.V. and WTVS-TV, "Who Killed Vincent Chin?
SILVER BATON WCBD-TV, Charleston, South Carolina, Coverage of Hurricane Hugo
GOLD BATON WGBH-TV and Martin Smith Productions, "Frontline: Inside Gorbachev's USSR with Hedrick Smith"
SILVER BATON WJLA-TV, Washington D.C., "NFL Drug Testing: Illegal Procedure"
SILVER BATON WKYC-TV, Cleveland, Ohio, Dick Feagler for nightly commentaries
SILVER BATON ABC News and Koppel Communications, "The Koppel Report: Tragedy at Tiananmen--The Untold Story"
SILVER BATON Byron Harris and WFAA-TV, Dallas, Texas, "Other People's Money"
SILVER BATON CBS, Television and Radio Coverage of China
SILVER BATON CNN, Coverage of China
SILVER BATON Gardner Films and WETA, Washington, D.C., "Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land" on PBS
SILVER BATON KCET-TV, Los Angeles, California, "For the Sake of Appearances," and "Expecting Miracles"
SILVER BATON Kentucky Educational Television, "On Our Own Land"
SILVER BATON Maryland Public Television, Owings Mills, Maryland, "Other Faces of AIDS"
SILVER BATON National Public Radio, "AIDS and Black America: Breaking the Silence"
SILVER BATON WBRZ, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, "The Best Insurance Commissioner Money Can Buy"
SILVER BATON WJXT, Jacksonville, Florida, "Crack Crisis: A Cry for Action"
GOLD BATON WGBH and Frontline: "Remember My Lai," "The Spy Who Broke the Code," "Who Profits From Drugs?," "The Choice," and "Children of the Night"
SILVER BATON ABC News, "Nightline: In the Holy Land"
SILVER BATON CBS News, Coverage of the Persian Gulf by Alen Pizzey
GOLD BATON Gold Baton: CBS News, "60 Minutes"
SILVER BATON KING-TV, Seattle, Washington, "Looking for Lincoln"
SILVER BATON NBC News, "A Conversation with Mikhail Gorbachev"
SILVER BATON Nina Totenberg and National Public Radio, Coverage of the Supreme Court Nominations
SILVER BATON Public Affairs Television and Alvin H. Perlmutter, Inc., "Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers"
SILVER BATON WCAX-TV, Burlington, Vermont, "The Politics of Pollution"
SILVER BATON WCVB-TV, Needham, Massachusetts, "We the Jury"
SILVER BATON WSMV-TV, Nashville, TN, for investigative reporting by Erin Hayes
SILVER BATON WUSA-TV, Washington, D.C. "Thurgood Marshall: The Man"
SILVER BATON WWOR-TV, Secaucus, New Jersey, "For the I-Team"
SILVER BATON ABC News, "20/20: By His Father's Hand: The Zumwalkts"
GOLD BATON Blackside, Inc., Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965
SILVER BATON CBS News, "48 Hours on Crack Street"
SILVER BATON Florence Films, "Huey Long"
SILVER BATON KMOV-TV, St. Louis, Missouri, "Sauget: City of Shame"
SILVER BATON NBC News, Robert Bazell, For Coverage of the AIDS epidemic
SILVER BATON Pam Zekman and WBBM-TV, Chicago, Illinois, For Investigative Reporting
SILVER BATON Roberta Baskin and WJLA-TV, Washington, D.C. For Investigative Reporting
SILVER BATON WCCO-TV, Minneapolis, Minnesota, For the I-Team
SILVER BATON WFAA-TV, Dallas, Texas, SMU Investigation
SILVER BATON WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, "Jacksonville's Roads: The Deadly Drive Home"
SILVER BATON WLAP Radio, Lexington, Kentucky, "Passing On the Secret of Sexual Abuse"
SILVER BATON WPLG-TV, Miami, Florida, "Florida: State of Neglect"
SILVER BATON ABC News with Ted Koppel, "45/85"
GOLD BATON CBS News, "CBS Reports: The Vanishing Family--Crisis in Black America"
SILVER BATON Chedd-Angier Production Company and The Documentary Consortium, "Frontline: Sue the Doctor? on PBS
SILVER BATON Drew Associates and PBS, "For Auction: An American Hero"
SILVER BATON KING-TV, Seattle, Washington, "Washington 2000"
SILVER BATON KTUL-TV, Tulsa, Oklahoma, "Tulsa's Golden Missionary"
SILVER BATON KYTV-TV, Springfield, Missouri, For outstanding reporting by Erin Hayes
SILVER BATON NBC News, Investigative Reporting on NBC Nightly News
SILVER BATON NBC Radio News, For coverage of the American raid on Tripoli
SILVER BATON WBZ-TV, Boston, Massachusetts, "Afghanistan: The Untold Story"
SILVER BATON WCBS-TV, New York, New York, "No Place to Call Home"
SILVER BATON WCCO-TV, Minneapolis, Minnesota, "State of Texas vs. Steven Lynn Fossum"
SILVER BATON WMAQ-TV, Chicago, Illinois, "Cicero: Community of Controversy"
GOLD BATON ABC News, "Nightline: South Africa"
SILVER BATON Cable News Network and IMAGO, Ltd., "Iran: In the Name of God"
SILVER BATON CBS News, "CBS Evening News: Afghanistan: Operation Blackout"
SILVER BATON Chris-Craft Television Productions and Churchill Films, "Down for the Count--an Inside Look at Boxing"
SILVER BATON Desert West News, Tuscon, Arizona, For a series of radio reports on the American Sanctuary Movement
SILVER BATON KNX Radio, Los Angeles, California, "Assignment 84/85"
SILVER BATON Nancy Montoya and KGUN-TV, Tuscon, Arizona, For outstanding reporting
SILVER BATON NBC News, "The Real 'Star Wars'--Defense in Space"
SILVER BATON WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Coverage of the MOVE siege
SILVER BATON WCCO-TV, Minneapolis, Minnesota, "The Moore Report"
SILVER BATON WDVM-TV, Washington, DC, Investigation of Dr. Milan Vuitch
SILVER BATON WNET-TV, New York, New York, and PBS, "The Brain"
SILVER BATON ABC News, "Nightline"
SILVER BATON ABC News, "World News Tonight: US-USSR: A Balance of Powers"
SILVER BATON Brian Ross and Ira Silverman, Outstanding investigative reporting on NBC News
SILVER BATON CBS News, "60 Minutes: Lenell Geter's in Jail"
SILVER BATON KOSU Radio, Stillwater, Oklahoma, "Selling the Public Spectrum"
SILVER BATON KRON-TV, San Francisco, California, "Climate of Death"
SPECIAL INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION AWARD: Medvideo, Ltd. and Group W, "Whispering Hope: Unmasking the Mystery of Alzheimer's"
Special Independent Production Award: Quest Productions and PBS, "The First Fifty Years: Reflections on US-Soviet Relations"
SILVER BATON Suburban Cablevision, Avenel, New Jersey, "Right to Know: Hillside: A Desegregation Story"
SILVER BATON The Documentary Consortium and PBS “Frontline: Mind of a Murderer”
SILVER BATON WGBH-TV and PBS, Boston, Massachusetts, "Vietnam: A Television History"
SILVER BATON WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, Florida, "The Smell of Money"
SILVER BATON WJZ-TV, Baltimore, Maryland, "Baby Boom: The Pig in the Python"
SILVER BATON CBS News, "60 Minutes: Good Cop, Bad Cop; Honor Thy Children; and Go Park It in Tokyo"
SILVER BATON John Camp and WBRZ, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, For investigative reporting
SILVER BATON KCTS-TV, Seattle, Washington and Face to Face Productions, "Rape: Face to Face"
SILVER BATON KRON-TV, San Francisco, California, "The War Within"
SILVER BATON National Public Radio, "The Most Dangerous Game: Nuclear Face-off in Europe"
SILVER BATON NBC News, "News Overnight"
SILVER BATON Richard Threlkeld, Status Reports on "ABC World News Tonight"
SILVER BATON SPECIAL INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION AWARD: Jon Alpert and NBC News, "American Survival"
SILVER BATON Terry Drinkwater, Cancer Reports on "CBS Evening News"
SILVER BATON WBBM-TV, Chicago, Illinois, "Killing Crime: A Police Cop-Out"
SILVER BATON WMAQ-TV, Chicago, Illinois, "Unit 5: The Chicago Police Investigations"
SILVER BATON WSMV-TV, Nashville, Tennessee, "Innocent Shame: The Legacy of Child Sexual Abuse"
SILVER BATON WTCN-TV, Minneapolis, Minnesota, "Herpes is Forever"
SILVER BATON ABC News, "Closeup: The Gene Merchants"
SILVER BATON ABC News, "Viewpont"
SILVER BATON CBS News, "CBS Reports: People Like Us"
SILVER BATON Chester Panzer and WJLA-TV, Washington DC, For Air Florida crash coverage
SILVER BATON Dallas Townsend and CBS Radio, "World News Round-Up"
SILVER BATON Gannett Broadcasting Group, "Epidemic! Why Your Kid is On Drugs"
SILVER BATON KAIT-TV, Jonesboro, Arkansas, "The Economics of Water"
SILVER BATON KMTV-TV, Omaha, Nebraska, "McClelland Care Facility"
SILVER BATON KNXT-TV, Los Angeles, California, for Investigative Reporting
SILVER BATON KSL-TV, Salt Lake City, Utah, For Probe Five investigating reporting
SILVER BATON SPECIAL INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION AWARD: Robert Richter and WNET-TV New York, New York "For Export Only: Pesticides and Pills"
SILVER BATON WMAQ-TV, Chicago, Illinois, "All the King's Horses"
SILVER BATON WPLG-TV, Miami, Florida, "Human Cargo"
SILVER BATON ABC News, "America Held Hostage: The Secret Negotiations"
SILVER BATON CBS News, Charles Kuralt, “Sunday Morning”
SILVER BATON CBS News, Dan Rather, "CBS REPORTS: The Defense of the United States"
SILVER BATON David Productions and ABC News, "CLOSEUP: Can't it Be Anyone Else?"
SILVER BATON KCTS-TV, Dr. Willard Gaylin, "Hard Choices"
SILVER BATON National Public Radio, "Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown"
SILVER BATON Robert Spencer and WTTW-TV, Chicago, Illinois, "Six O'clock and All's Well"
SILVER BATON SPECIAL INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION AWARD: KTEH-TV, San Jose, California and John Else, "The Day After Trinity"
SILVER BATON SPECIAL TRIBUTE: David Brinkley
SILVER BATON WBBM-TV, Chicago, Illinois, "Election Night Coverage"
SILVER BATON WCCO-TV, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dave Moore, The Moore Report
SILVER BATON WGBH-TV, Boston, Massachusetts, "WORLD"
SILVER BATON WPLG-TV, Miami, Florida, "The Billion Dollar Ghetto"
SILVER BATON ABC News, "The Iran Crisis: America Held Hostage"
SILVER BATON Ed Bradley and CBS News, "CBS Reports: Blacks in America: With All Deliberate Speed?"
SILVER BATON Group W and KYW-TV, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; WBZ-TV, Boston, Massachusetts; WJZ-TV, Baltimore Maryland for I-Team Investigations
SILVER BATON Mississippi Center for Educational Television, Jackson, Mississippi, "William Faulkner: A Life on Paper"
SILVER BATON National Public Radio, "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition"
SILVER BATON Perry Miller Adato and WNET-TV, New York, New York, "Picasso: A Painter's Diary"
SILVER BATON Red Cloud Productions and WGBY-TV, Springfield, Massachusetts, "Joan Robinson: One Woman's Story"
SILVER BATON Roger Mudd and CBS News, “CBS Reports: Teddy
SILVER BATON Rueven Frank and NBC News, "White Paper: If Japan Can...Why Can't We?
SILVER BATON Special Independent Production Award: Carol Mon Pere, Sandra Nichols and KTEH-TV, San Jose, California "The Battle of Westlands
SILVER BATON Special Tribute: Walter Cronkite
SILVER BATON Walter Jacobson and WBBM-TV, Chicago, Illinois, "Perspectives"
SILVER BATON WLS-TV, Chicago, Illinois and Chicago Sun-Times, "The Accident Swindlers"
ABC News, "Closeup: Arson: Fire for Hire!" and "World News Tonight: Second to None?"
Bill Moyers, for outstanding reporting on CBS News and WNET-TV, New York
CBS News, "CBS Reports: The Boat People" and "60 Minutes"
KCTS-TV, Seattle, "Do I Look Like I Want to Die?"
KDFW-TV, Dallas, for investigative reporting
KUTV-TV, Salt Lake City, "Clouds of Doubt"
KXL Radio, Portland, "The Air Space -- How Safe?"
WGBH-TV, Boston, "WORLD: F-16: Sale of the Century" on PBS
WHA-TV, Madison, Catalyst Films and Wisconsin Educational Television Network, "An American Ism: Joe McCarthy"
Associated Press Radio, "The New South: Shade Behind the Sunbelt"
KOOL-TV, Phoenix, Burt Kennedy, “Water: Arizona's Most Precious Resource”
KPIX-TV, San Francisco, Robert Klein and Richard Hart, “Laser Con-Fusion”
National Geographic Society and WQED-TV, Pittsburgh, “The Living Sands of Namib”
NBC News, Robert Rogers and Garrick Utley, “NBC News Reports: Africa's Defiant White Tribe”
WBBM-TV, Chicago, Illinois, Gail Sikevitz, Scott Craig, Jim Hatfield, and Mort Crime for documentary reporting
WFAA-TV, Dallas, Texas, Byron Harris for investigative report
WGBH-FM, Boston, "Banned in Chelsea"
WGBH-TV, Boston and William Cran, “WORLD: Chachaji: My Poor Relation” and John Angier, “NOVA: The Final Frontier”
WMHT-TV, Schenectady, “Capital Punishment: Inside Albany”
WPLG-TV, Miami and Clarence Jones for investigative reporting
Special Award: Richard Salant
Group W and Paul Wilkes, “Six American Families”
KCET-TV, Los Angeles, “28 Tonight,”
KGW-TV, Portland, “The Timber Farmers”
NBC News, “Human Rights: A Soviet-American Debate” and “NBC Reports: The Struggle for Freedom”
Walter Cronkite and the “CBS Evening News”
WBBM-TV, Chicago, Scott Craig and Bill Kurtis, “Once a Priest”
WFAA-TV, Dallas “Clear and Present Danger”
WNET-TV, New York and WETA-TV, Washington D.C., “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report” for “Carter’s Energy Plan,” “Woodward-Bernstein: Frost Interview,” and “Korea and Congress: the Scandal So Far”
WNET-TV, New York “The Police Tapes”
KNBC, Burbank, California, Don Harris, “Prison Gangs”
NBC Nightly News andTom Pettit for a series on feeding the poor
NPR, All Things Considered
WBTV, Charlotte, for news and documentary programming
WCCO, Minneapolis, Minnesota, David Moore, “Moore on Sunday”
WCCO-Radio, Minneapolis, for news and documentary programming
WGBH, Boston, Roger Fisher, “Arabs and Israelis”
WHEC, Rochester and Warren Doremus, “The Riots Plus Ten Years”
WKYC, Cleveland and Brian Ross, “Teamster Power”
WPLG, Miami and Clarence Jones, for crime reporting
ABC News, Av Westin, "Close-Up"
CBS News, Don Hewitt, “60 Minutes”
KFWB Radio, Los Angeles, "SLA 54th Street Shootout"
KNXT, Los Angeles, “Why Me?”
NBC News, Fred Freed, “The Energy Crisis”
NBC News, Series of Reports on Feeding the Poor
National Public Affairs Center for Television, “Washington Week in Review”
National Public Affairs Center for Television, Watergate coverage
WNET-TV, New York and Frederick Wiseman, “Juvenile Court”
TVTV and WNET, New York and David Loxton, “The Lord of the Universe”
WKY-TV, Oklahoma City and Bob Dotson, “Through the Looking Glass Darkly”
WPVI-TV, Philadelphia, “Public Bridges and Private Riches”
ABC News and Arthur Holch, “Inquiry: Chile: Experiment in Red"
CBS News, Irv Drasnin, “CBS News Reports: You and the Commercial"
Group W, Dick Hubert and Rod MacLeish “And the Rich Shall Inherit the Earth"
KGW-TV, Portland, Oregon, Pete Maroney, "Death of a Slideshow"
KNX Radio, Los Angeles, California, for editorials on important community issues
NBC News and Robert Northshield, “The Sins of the Fathers”
National Public Affairs Center for Television and Elizabeth Drew, "Thirty Minutes With..."
WBBM-TV, Chicago, Illinois, Judy Muntz, Jim Hatfield, and Lee Phillip, "The Rape of Paulette"
WTIC-TV, Hartford, Connecticut, Jean Sablon and Bard Davis "The Nine-Year-Old in Norfolk Prison"
Mike Wallace for outstanding reporting on CBS News "60 Minutes"
CBS News, Perry Wolff, Robert Markowitz, and Charles Kuralt, "CBS Reports: ...But What If the Dream Comes True?”
Group W, Dick Hubert and Paul Altmeyer, “The Search for Quality Education”
KERA-TV, Dallas, for outstanding coverage of the 1972 political campaigns
National Public Affairs Center for Television, for coverage of the 1972 political campaigns
NBC News and Fred Freed, “White Paper: The Blue Collar Trap”
WABC-TV, Richard Thruston Watkins, "Like It Is: Attica -- the Unanswered Questions"
WNET-TV, New York, and Tony Batten, “The 51st State: Youth Gangs in the South Bronx”
WNJT-TV, Trenton, New Jersey, Ken Stein and John Dimmer, “Towers of Frustration: Assignment: New Jersey”
WTVJ-TV, Miami, “The Swift Justice of Europe” and “A Seed of Hope”
CBS News, John Sharnik and Eric Sevareid, "Justice in America"
Group W, George Moynihan and Susan Garfield, “All The Kids Like That: Tommy’s Story”
KUTV, Salt Lake City, Richard Spratling, Diane Orr and Fred Edwards, "Warriors Without A Weapon"
NBC News, William B. Hill and Tom Pettit, “First Tuesday: The Man from Uncle (Sam)" and "The FBI”
NBC News, Martin Carr, “White Paper: This Child is Rated X”
WABC-TV, Geraldo Rivera, “Drug Crisis in East Harlem”
Kenneth A. Cox
CBS News, Ernest Leiser; Russ Bensley; John Laurence, “Charlie Company”
National Educational Television and Frederick Wiseman, “Hospital”
NBC News and Fred Freed, “White Paper: Pollution is a Matter of Choice”
WCCO-TV, Minneapolis, “Grunt's Little War”
WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids, Dick Cheverton and Herb Thurman, “Our Poisoned World”
Dr. Everett C. Parker
KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, California, “The Slow Guillotine”
KQED, San Francisco, for local coverage of the 1968 political campaigns
National Educational Television and Public Broadcast Laboratory, “Defense and Domestic Needs: The Contest for Tomorrow”
NBC News, “First Tuesday: CBW (Chemical-Biological Warfare): The Secrets of Secrecy”
WRKL Radio, Mount Ivy-New City, NY for outstanding coverage of the 1968 political campaigns
WSB-TV, Atlanta, Georgia “Investigation of Organized Crime”
The duPont Awards arrived at Columbia University.
WCCO Radio, Minneapolis
WRVR Radio, New York
Louis M. Lyons
WFBM Radio, Indianapolis
SILVER BATON WJZ-TV, Baltimore
Howard K. Smith
WFMT Radio, Chicago
KPFK Radio, Los Angeles
Edward P. Morgan
WAVZ Radio, New Haven
WSNY Radio, Schenectady
KRON-TV, San Francisco
KNXT-TV, Los Angeles
WFMT Radio, Chicago
Howard K. Smith
WICC Radio, Bridgeport
WTIC Radio, Hartford
KGAK Radio, Gallup
WHAS Radio, Louisville
WBZ Radio and WBZ-TV, Boston
WOI-TV, Ames, Iowa
Gerald W. Johnson
WMT Radio, Cedar Rapids
Joseph C. Harsch
WCAU Radio and WCAU-TV, Philadelphia
WEEI Radio, Boston
John Cameron Swayze
AVZ Radio, Hartford
WNOX Radio, Knoxville
WPIX-TV, New York
WWJ Radio, Detroit
Special Program Award: American Broadcasting Company and Association
Henry J. Taylor
KLZ Radio, Denver
WLS Radio, Chicago
Edward R. Murrow
WBBM Radio, Chicago
WFIL Radio, Philadelphia
WHO Radio, Des Moines
WFIL Radio, Philadelphia
KDKA Radio, Pittsburgh
WNAX Radio, Yankton
WJR Radio, Detroit
WTAG Radio, Worcester
Raymond Gram Swing
WLW Radio, Cincinnati
WMAZ Radio, Macon
Fulton Lewis Jr.
KGEI Radio, San Francisco
Staff and Jury
Bill Wheatley, Jury Chair, former Executive V.P., NBC News
Lynne Adrine, Mentor, Syracuse U. School of Journalism, former ABC News
Andy Bowers, Chief Content Officer, Panoply Media
David Bauder, TV Writer, Associated Press
June Cross, Professor, Columbia Journalism School
Paul Friedman, former Executive VP, CBS News, ABC News
Cheryl Gould, former VP, NBC News
Duy Linh Tu, Associate Professor, Columbia Journalism School
Betsy West, Fred W. Friendly Professor, Columbia Journalism School
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