Winners of the 2020 duPont-Columbia Awards | Columbia Journalism School

Winners of the 2020 duPont-Columbia Awards

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APM Reports

In the Dark: Season Two - Supreme Court Coverage
An enlightening bonus season of podcast episodes followed the case of death row inmate Curtis Flowers as it went before the Supreme Court, which ultimately overturned his conviction.
Host and Lead Reporter: Madeleine Baran 
Senior Producer: Samara Freemark 
Producer: Natalie Jablonski
Associate Producer: Rehman Tungekar
Reporters: Parker Yesko, Will Craft, Curtis Gilbert
Editors: Catherine Winter, Dave Mann 
Web Editor: Andy Kruse 
Editor in Chief: Chris Worthington
Composer: Gary Meister 
Composer and Audio Engineer: Johnny Vince Evans
Audio Engineer: Corey Schreppel
Intern: Nikki Pederson

CBS News 60 Minutes

On the Border
This nuanced and newsmaking reporting looked at the Trump administration’s policy of separating families at the Mexican border, from the poignant lens of aspiring immigrants going through it.
Executive Producer: Bill Owens 
Executive Editor: Tanya Simon
Correspondents: Scott Pelley, Sharyn Alfonsi
Producers: Oriana Zill de Granados, Michael Rey
Associate Producer: Emily Gordon 
Editors: Jorge J. Garcia, Sean Kelly, Michael Mongulla


The Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi
CNN used the full force of its international reporting to break story after story on the disappearance and grisly murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the Saudi government’s involvement.
The CNN Team. See the full list of credits for this piece here.

FRONTLINE & ProPublica - PBS

Documenting Hate
In the wake of Charlottesville, FRONTLINE and ProPublica journeyed deep into America’s shadowy white supremacist movement, exposing some of its most influential leaders and an underground neo-Nazi network.
Executive Producer: Raney Aronson 
Managing Editor: Andrew Metz 
Senior Producer: Frank Koughan 
Writer, Director, Director of Photography: Richard Rowley 
Producer, Reporter, Correspondent: A.C. Thompson 
Producer, Director of Photography: Karim Hajj 
Producer, Editor: Jacqueline Soohen 
Co-Producer: Nick Verbitsky
Reporters: Jake Hanrahan, Ali Winston
Composer: Brian McOmber 
Editor: Steve Audette ACE
Senior Editor, ProPublica: Joseph Sexton 
President, Propublica: Richard Tofel 
Managing Editor, ProPublica: Robin Fields 
Editor-In-Chief, ProPublica: Stephen Engelberg



The Facebook Dilemma
In a penetrating two-part documentary, FRONTLINE traced how Facebook departed from its idealistic origins to become an international platform for political disinformation and division. 
Executive Producer: Raney Aronson 
Managing Editor: Andrew Metz 
Director, Writer, Producer, Correspondent: James Jacoby 
Writer, Producer, Reporter: Anya Bourg 
Reporter: Dana Priest 
Senior Producer: Frank Koughan 
Co-Producer: Megan Robertson 
Editor, Co-Producer: Pierre Takal 
Special Projects Producer: Philip Bennett 
Editor: Fanny Lee 
Director of Photography: Jeremy Gould 
Associate Producer: Gini Richards 
Executive Producers, Left/Right Docs: Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver


Love Them FIrst: Lessons from Lucy Laney Elementary
This gem of a documentary explored universal issues of race and poverty through the intimate portrait of a struggling elementary school and its inspiring principal.
Director, Writer: Lindsey Seavert 
Director, Cinematographer, Editor: Ben Garvin
Executive Producer: Janeen Vogelaar
Producers:  Ben Garvin, Lindsey Seavert, Janeen Vogelaar, Melody Gilbert
President & General Manager: John Remes

KARE 11 Investigates

On the Veterans Beat
KARE 11’s ongoing, groundbreaking reporting uncovered the Veterans Administration’s lax treatment of veterans in all areas of services, resulting in millions of dollars in refunds to vets as well as an investigation by the Inspector General. 
Investigative Reporter: A.J. Lagoe 
Executive Producer – Investigations: Steve Eckert
Investigative Photographer/Editor: Gary Knox
Photographers: Kevin Sullivan, Jeff Wiltgen, Aaron Adelson
Web Producer: Laura Stokes
Web Producer: Emily Haavik
Director of News Content: Stacey Nogy 
Director of Content: Stuart Boslow


The Bleeding Edge 
This alarming feature documentary investigated the immense power of the medical device industry, the poor regulation of devices and the tragic physical and psychological consequences of faulty implants. 
Director: Kirby Dick
Producers: Amy Ziering, Amy Herdy
Executive Producers: Ian Darling, MS Johnson, Debra L. McLeod 
Co-Executive Producers: Ken Grossinger, Micheline Klagsbrun

PBS Newshour

Inside Yemen         

Fearless reporter Jane Ferguson became one of the first American journalists inside war-torn Yemen to report on the catastrophic effects of the conflict there on men, women and especially children.
Correspondent: Jane Ferguson 
Camera: Abd Rabu Alhushaishi
Editor: Hamada Hanoura
Senior Producer: Morgan Till
Executive Producer: Sara Just

POV & American Documentary, Inc. on PBS

The Apology
This emotional documentary offers a compelling exploration of the decades-long fight for justice for the "comfort women" enslaved by Japanese troops during World War II.
Director, Writer, DoP: Tiffany Hsiung
Producer: Anita Lee
Associate Producers: Chris Kang, Deann Borshay Liem 
Executive Producers for POV: Justine Nagan, Chris White


Dark Money
Following an investigative reporter through a real life political thriller, this documentary exposed one of the greatest threats to American democracy: corrupt big money that floods elections. 
Director/Producer: Kimberly Reed
Co-Executive Producer: Katy Drake Bettner
Executive Producers: Michael Bloom, Adam Pincus, Nancy Stephens, Rick Rosenthal, David J. Cornfield, Linda A. Cornfield
Producer: Katy Chevigny
Co-Producer: Miriam Cutler
Executive Producers for POV: Justine Nagan, Chris White

Michigan Radio & NPR

This riveting podcast series, an unnerving look at how well-meaning adults can dismiss uncomfortable truths, detailed how a team of women brought Olympic gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar to justice.
Michigan Radio:
Reporters: Lindsey Smith, Kate Wells
Producers: Juliet Hinely, Paulette Parker
Senior Editor: Sarah Hulett
Editor: Alison MacAdam
Engineer: Bob Scon
Executive Producer: Jennifer Guerra
Program Director: Zoe Clark
Music: Paul Brill
Standards and Practices Editor: Mark Memmott
Senior Associate General Counsel: Ashley Messenger
Project Manager: Camille Smiley
Senior Manager, Programming Acquisitions: N’Jeri Eaton
Producer: Ramtin Arablouei



Bag Man
The seven-part podcast revisited the investigation, largely overlooked in the wake of Watergate, into corruption at the highest levels of the US government, which ultimately led to the resignation of Richard Nixon’s vice president Spiro Agnew.
Executive Producer, Writer: Michael Yarvitz
Host, Writer: Rachel Maddow
Supervising Producer: Cory Gnazzo, 
Senior Producer: Tricia McKinney
Web Producer: Will Femia
Associate Producer: Tiffany Lopez
Production Assistant: Samuel Henneberry, 
Lead Editor, Neon Hum Media: Jonathan Hirsch
Associate Producer, Neon Hum Media: Marissa Schneiderman


Fall From Grace: When Priests Prey and Bishops Betray
The searing compilation of investigative reports took on clergy sex abuse and coverup by the Catholic Church, and revealed hidden, long-standing problems within the diocese in Buffalo, NY. 
Investigative Reporter: Charlie Specht
Chief Photographer: Jeff Wick


Reconstruction: America After The Civil War
With white supremacy, voter suppression and the legacy of black-face minstrels making national headlines, PBS aired this timely inquiry of their roots in one of the most neglected and misunderstood chapters in our national history.
Executive Producer, Writer, Host: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 
Executive Producer: Dyllan McGee
Series Producer/Director Hour Four: Julia Marchesi
Producer/Director Hour One: Rob Rapley 
Producer/Director Hour Two: Cyndee Readdean
Producer/Director Hour Three: Stacey Holman
Supervising Producer: Deborah Porfido
Line Producer: Robert Yacyshyn
Senior Story Producer: Kevin Burke
Executive Producers for WETA: Dalton Delan, Anne Harrington 
Executive in Charge for PBS: Bill Gardner


Something Suspicious in District 9
Dogged, shoe-leather reporting in North Carolina’s 2018 Congressional elections led to a powerful, ongoing fraud investigation that sparked widespread national attention and criminal charges.
Vice-President & General Manager: Cedric Thomas
News Director: Mike Oliveira
Assistant News Director: Linda Nester
Manager - Investigations & Special Projects: Kim Holt
Executive Producer: Randy Wardell
Reporter: Joe Bruno
Investigative Producer: Mike Stolp
Producer: Melissa Martin
Reporter: Allison Latos
Photographer/Editor: Corey Gensler
Editor: Bridget Russo