Journalists Receive Alfred I. duPont Awards; Started by Jessie Ball duPont in 1942

Thirteen of the nation’s most outstanding journalists were awarded the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award January 20 in ceremonies in New York hosted by Brian Williams, NBC News anchor and managing editor, and Soledad O’Brien, CNN anchor and special correspondent.

The awards, which honor excellence in broadcast journalism, were established in 1942 by Jessie Ball duPont in memory of her husband, Alfred I. duPont. Administered by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, they are considered to be broadcast journalism’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes.

Attending the ceremony, held at Columbia University’s Low Memorial Library, were Jessie Ball duPont Fund Trustees Mary Lynn Huntley and Rev. Eddie E. Jones, and President Sherry Magill.

“The 13 winners … highlight exceptional broadcast news coverage by network cable and local television stations on the radio and the web,” Williams said. “They are outstanding, innovative and investigative news programs.

Receiving the awards:

ABC News, 20/20, Brian Ross Investigates: The Coach’s Secret – An expert investigation into the failure of a national governing body to protect dozens of young female swimmers from abusive coaches.

BBC America, BBC World News America: Haiti’s Earthquake – Excellent breaking news coverage of the Haitian earthquake and its aftermath.

CBS News, 60 Minutes: The Blowout – An outstanding two-part investigative report that advanced a breaking story about the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon.

KCET, Los Angeles, Up In Smoke, Protected or Neglected?, Hung Out to Dry? – Three in-depth stories that exposed elected representatives who don’t do their jobs on the local, state and federal level.

KING-TV, Seattle & Susannah Frame, Waste on the Water – A series of impactful reports that uncovered waste and saved tens of millions of tax dollars.

9News/KUSA-TV, Denver, 9News at 10, Keys to the Castle – A relentless six-month investigation that revealed one noxious scam.

NPR & Laura Sullivan, Bonding for Profit – A three-part series about the deeply flawed bail bonds system.

POV & Geoffrey Smith, The English Surgeon on PBS – A powerful documentary about a doctor coming to terms with the power and limits of medicine.

The Las Vegas Sun, Bottoming Out: Gambling Addiction in Las Vegas – A multimedia series about the human toll of compulsive gambling.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Trey Kay & Deborah George, The Great Textbook War – A superbly told radio documentary about a 1974 debate over multiculturalism.

WGBH, FRONTLINE & Najibullah Quraishi, Behind Taliban Lines – Extraordinary reporting about Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

WKOW-TV, Madison & Dan Cassuto, “Who’s Protecting You?” – A relentless investigation into a local consumer protection agency.

WTHR-TV, Indianapolis & Bob Segall, “Reality Check: Where Are the Jobs?” – Dogged reporting that exposed government fraud and prompted reform.

To learn more about the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, visit http://journalism.columbia.edu.

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