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Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award

Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award
Awarded for The best in television and radio journalism
Location New York City
Country  United States
Presented by Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Official website

The Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award honors excellence in broadcast and digital journalism in the public service. The awards, established in 1942 and administered since 1968 by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, are considered a broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, another program administered by Columbia University.[1]

Dedicated to upholding the highest journalism standards, the duPont awards inform the public about the contributions news organizations and journalists make to their communities, support journalism education and innovation, and cultivate a collective spirit for the profession.

The duPont-Columbia Awards were established by Jessie Ball duPont in memory of her husband Alfred I. du Pont. It is the most well-respected journalism-only award for broadcast journalism, and starting in 2009, under new director Abi Wright, began accepting digital submissions. The duPont, along with the George Foster Peabody Awards, rank among the most prestigious awards programs in all electronic media.

The duPont-Columbia jury select the winners from programs that air in the United States between July 1 and June 30 of each year. Award winners receive batons in gold and silver designed by the American architect Louis I. Kahn. The gold baton, when awarded, is given exclusively in honor of truly outstanding broadcast journalism.

In 2012, the first-ever theatrically released documentary film was honored by the duPont Jury: "Hell and Back Again" about the war in Afghanistan and the struggles facing veterans when they return home.

In 2010, the first award for digital reporting was given to MediaStorm and photographer Jonathan Torgovnik for "Intended Consequences" about children born of rape in Rwanda.

In 2003, the first-ever foreign-language program was awarded a duPont-Columbia Award. CNN en Español and reporter Jorge Gestoso won a Silver Baton for investigative reporting on Argentina's desaparecidos.

Award winners

All winners are listed on the website of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.[2]

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duPont–Columbia Award


  • 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”



  • Callie Crossley



  • Deborah Weiner and WBFF TV for a three part series on inner city violence: "Justice on Trial: The Lost Generation", "Finding the Lost Generation" and "The Walking Wounded."



  • Richard Schlesinger for CBS Reports: "Enter the Jury Room"[4]


  • Documentary Filmmaker Raymond Henderson (Co-Producer) for Documentary "Struggles in Steel"



  • ABC NEWS and PJ PRODUCTIONS for Jesus and Paul: The Word and the Witness
  • PBS FRONTLINE and WGBH-TV for Ghosts of Rwandaon PBS
  • ABC NEWS and PRIMETIME THURSDAY for The Nuclear Smuggling Project
  • FRONTLINE and WGBH-TV for Truth, War and Consequences on PBS
  • HBO/CINEMAX REEL LIFE, VICTORIA BRUCE and KARIN HAYES for The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt
  • LOUISIANA PUBLIC BROADCASTING for Louisiana: Currents of Change
  • NBC NEWS and DATELINE for A Pattern of Suspicion
  • NPR and RADIO DIARIES for Mandela: An Audio History
  • WFAA-TV, DALLAS for State of Denial
  • WBAP-AM, DALLAS for JFK 40
  • WCNC-TV, CHARLOTTE for Medicaid Dental Centers Investigation
  • WFTS-TV, Crosstown Expressway Investigation, Investigative Reporter Mike Mason

The duPont Jury also announced four finalists for their exemplary broadcast journalism:

  • Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Tracy Droz Tragos for "Be Good, Smile Pretty" on PBS
  • MarketPlace and American Public Media for "Spoils of War" on public radio stations
  • NOVA, WGBH-TV and Canadian Broadcasting Corp. for "Crash of Flight 111"
  • WISH-TV, Indianapolis, for "Will Your Vote Count?"[6]


  • ABC NEWS for Live Coverage of the Death of Pope John Paul II and the Election of Pope Benedict XVI
  • CNBC for The Age of Wal-Mart: Inside America's Most Powerful Company
  • CNN for Coverage of the Tsunami Disaster in South Asia
  • FRONTLINE and WGBH, BOSTON, for Al Qaeda's New Front on PBS
  • FRONTLINE, WGBH, BOSTON, and The New York Times for The Secret History of the Credit Card on PBS
  • HBO for Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: The Sport of Sheikhs
  • North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC, Chapel Hill, for North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty
  • PRI,WGBH, BOSTON, and BBC WORLD SERVICE for The World: The Global Race for Stem Cell Therapies
  • The Kitchen Sisters, JAY ALLISON and NPR for Hidden Kitchens
  • WFTS-TV, TAMPA, for Crosstown Expressway Investigation
  • WJW, CLEVELAND, for School Bus Bloat
  • WPMI-TV, MOBILE, for For Lauren's Sake



The thirteen awards for 2008 were announced on December 17, 2007, and presented on January 16, 2008.[7]

  • CBS News for 60 Minutes: The Mother of All Heists
  • Chicago Public Radio, Alix Spiegel & PRI for This American Life: Which One of These Is Not Like the Others?
  • Florentine Films/Hott Productions & WETA-TV, Washington, DC, for Through Deaf Eyes on PBS
  • HBO, Ricki Stern & Annie Sundberg for The Trials of Darryl Hunt
  • KHOU-TV, Houston, for Rules of the Game
  • KMOV-TV, St. Louis, for Left Behind: The Failure of East St. Louis Schools
  • KNOE-TV, Monroe, Louisiana, for Names, Ranks and Serial Plunder: The National Guard and Katrina
  • MSNBC & Richard Engel for War Zone Diary
  • NBC News for Dateline: The Education of Ms. Groves
  • NPR & Daniel Zwerdling for Mental Anguish and the Military
  • Paladin Invision, London, & WETA-TV, Washington, DC, for Jihad: The Men and Ideas Behind Al Qaeda on PBS
  • WBBM-TV, for Fly At Your Own Risk
  • WFAA-TV, for Television Justice


Television: Golden Baton Winner

  • WFAA-TV in Dallas for "Money for Nothing, A Passing Offense, The Buried and the Dead"

Television & Radio, Silver Baton Winners

  • ABC News / Nightline for "The Other War: Afghanistan"
  • California Newsreel, San Francisco & Vital Pictures for "Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?"
  • CNN for "God's Warriors"
  • Current TV for "From Russia with Hate"
  • HBO for "Cinemax's Reel Life: The Blood of Yingzhou District"
  • Oregon Public Broadcasting for "the Silent Invasion"
  • Safari Media, ITV, PBS for "Independent Lens, Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story"
  • WJLA-TV, Washington, DC for "Drilling for Dollars: Children's Dentistry Investigation"
  • WTVT-TV, Tampa for "Small Town Justice"
  • All Things Considered, for "Coverage of the Chengdu Earthquake"
  • This American Life, for "The Giant Pool of Money"
  • All Things Considered, for "Sexual Abuse of Native American Women"


Television, Radio, and Web: Silver Baton Winners

  • American RadioWorks, Michael Montgomery & Joshua E. S. Phillips for "What Killed Sergeant Gray"
  • CBS News & Katie Couric for "The Sarah Palin Interviews"
  • CBS News for "CBS Reports: Children of the Recession"
  • HBO & Edet Belzberg for "The Recruiter"
  • KHOU-TV, Houston & Mark Greenblatt for "Under Fire: Discrimination and Corruption in the Texas National Guard"
  • KMGH-TV, Denver & Tony Kovaleski for "33 Minutes to 34 Right"
  • MediaStorm & Jonathan Torgovnik for "Intended Consequences"
  • NPR, Michele Norris & Steve Inskeep for "The York Project: Race and the 2008 Vote"
  • POV, Elizabeth Farnsworth & Patricio Lanfranco for "The Judge and the General," on PBS
  • WCAX-TV, Burlington & Kristin Carlson for "Foreigners on the Farm"
  • WGBH, Boston, FRONTLINE/World, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy & Dan Edge for "PAKISTAN: Children of the Taliban," on PBS
  • WSVN-TV, Miami, Carmel Cafiero & Anthony Pineda for "Pill Mills"
  • WTVF-TV, Nashville & Phil Williams for "General Sessions Court"
  • WWL-TV, New Orleans for "NOAH Housing Program Investigation"


Television, Radio, and Digital: Silver Baton Winners

  • ABC News, for "20/20, Brian Ross Investigates: The Coach's Secret"
  • BBC America, for "BBC World News America: Haiti's Earthquake"
  • CBS News, for "60 Minutes: "The Blowout"
  • KCET, Los Angeles for "Up In Smoke, Protected or Neglected?, Hung Out to Dry?"
  • KING-TV, Seattle & Susannah Frame for "Waste on the Water"
  • 9News/KUSA-TV, Denver, 9News at 10 for "Keys to the Castle"
  • NPR & Laura Sullivan for "Bonding for Profit"
  • POV & Geoffrey Smith, "The English Surgeon" on PBS
  • The Las Vegas Sun, "Bottoming Out: Gambling Addiction in Las Vegas"
  • West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Trey Kay & Deborah George for "The Great Textbook War"
  • WGBH, FRONTLINE & Najibullah Quraishi for "Behind Taliban Lines"
  • WKOW-TV, Madison & Dan Cassuto for "Who's Protecting You?"
  • WTHR-TV, Indianapolis & Bob Segall for "Reality Check: Where are the Jobs?"


  • Al Jazeera English, Fault Lines, "Haiti - Six Months On"
  • CBS News: 60 Minutes, "A Relentless Enemy"
  • Danfung Dennis, Impact Partners, Roast Beef Productions, Sabotage Films, Thought Engine and Channel 4 BritDoc Foundation, "Hell and Back Again"
  • HBO & Blowback Productions, "Triangle: Remembering the Fire"
  • HBO, "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: Head Games"
  • MediaStorm & Walter Astrada, "Undesired" for the Alexia Foundation
  • NBC News & Richard Engel, Coverage of the Arab Spring
  • The New York Times, "A Year at War" and "Surviving Haiti's Earthquake: Children"
  • WFAA-TV, Dallas & Byron Harris, "Bitter Lessons"
  • WGBH-TV, Boston, "NOVA: Japan's Killer Quake"
  • WNYC & Ailsa Chang, "Alleged Illegal Searches by the NYPD"
  • WSB-TV, Atlanta & Jodie Fleischer, "Stealing Houses"
  • WTVF-TV, Nashville & Phil Williams, "Policing for Profit"


  • Alison Klayman, A Never Sorry LLC, United Expression Media, Sundance Selects, MUSE Film and Television, "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry"
  • CBS News and Clarissa Ward, for "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley: Inside Syria"
  • Current TV, Christof Putzel and The Renaud Brothers, "Vangard: Arming the Mexican Cartel"
  • KCET, Southern California for "SoCal Connected: Courting Disaster"
  • KLAS-TV, Las Vegas for "Desert Underwater"
  • A film by 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, for "Bully"
  • NPR, Deborah Amos, and Kelly McEvers for Coverage of Syria
  • StoryCorps, NPR, and POV, for "StoryCorps 9/11"
  • USA Today, for "Ghost Factories"
  • WGBH, Kartemquin Films, Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz, for "FRONTLINE: The Interrupters"
  • WGBH, Clover Films and Najibullah Quraishi, for "FRONTLINE: Opium Brides"
  • WITF, WHYY and NPR, for "StateImpact Pennsylvania"
  • WVUE-TV, New Orleans, and Lee Zurik for "Dirty Deeds", "Hiding Behind the Badge"
  • WXYZ-TV, Detroit, for "Wayne County Confidential"




  • Maria Hinojosa. Documentary on the 2010 Dupont award winners.

External links

  • Official site
  • 2003 duPont-Columbia Award Winners (press release)
  • 2007 winners, official site
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