DuPont-Columbia Award
The Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award is an American
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 award that honors excellence in broadcast
Broadcasting is the distribution of audio and video content to a dispersed audience via any audio visual medium. Receiving parties may include the general public or a relatively large subset of thereof...

Journalism is the practice of investigation and reporting of events, issues and trends to a broad audience in a timely fashion. Though there are many variations of journalism, the ideal is to inform the intended audience. Along with covering organizations and institutions such as government and...

. The awards, administered since 1968 by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is one of Columbia's graduate and professional schools. It offers three degree programs: Master of Science in journalism , Master of Arts in journalism and a Ph.D. in communications...

 in New York City
New York City
New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. New York exerts a significant impact upon global commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and...

, are considered a broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
The Pulitzer Prize is a U.S. award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition. It was established by American publisher Joseph Pulitzer and is administered by Columbia University in New York City...

, another program administered by Columbia University.

The duPont-Columbia Award was established in 1942 by Jessie Ball duPont in memory of her husband Alfred I. du Pont
Alfred I. du Pont
Alfred Irénée du Pont was an American industrialist, financier and philanthropist. A member of the influential Du Pont family, Alfred du Pont first rose to prominence through his work in his family's Delaware-based gunpowder manufacturing plant, E. I...

. It is the most well-respected journalism-only award for Radio and TV, and starting in 2009, under new director Abi Wright, began accepting Web-based 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 2003, the first-ever foreign-language program was awarded a duPont-Columbia Award. CNN
Cable News Network is a U.S. cable news channel founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. Upon its launch, CNN was the first channel to provide 24-hour television news coverage, and the first all-news television channel in the United States...

 en Español and reporter Jorge Gestoso won a Silver Baton for investigative reporting on Argentina's desaparecidos.


Television, Radio, and Web: 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?"


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
    Sarah Palin interviews with Katie Couric
    The Sarah Palin Interviews with Katie Couric were a series of interviews of the 2008 U.S. Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin conducted by CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric. They were recorded and broadcast on television in several programs before the 2008 US presidential election....

  • 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
    Tony Kovaleski
    Tony Kovaleski is an award-winning investigative reporter at KMGH-TV in Denver, Colorado where he has worked since 2001. Kovaleski was born in Iron River, Michigan and attended San Jose State University.-Professional Career:...

     for "33 Minutes to 34 Right"
  • MediaStorm & Jonathan Torgovnik
    Jonathan Torgovnik
    Jonathan Torgovnik is an award winning photographer currently based in South Africa. Jonathan's work has been published in numerous International magazines including Newsweek, Aperture, GEO, The Sunday Times Magazine, Stern, Paris Match, and Mother Jones among others...

     for "Intended Consequences"
  • NPR, Michele Norris
    Michele Norris
    Michele L. Norris is an American radio journalist and current host of the National Public Radio evening news program All Things Considered since December 9, 2002. She is the first African American female host for NPR.-Early years:...

     & Steve Inskeep
    Steve Inskeep
    Steve Inskeep born , is one of the current hosts of Morning Edition on National Public Radio. He, along with co-host Renée Montagne, were assigned as interim hosts to succeed Bob Edwards after NPR reassigned Edwards to Senior Correspondent after April 30, 2004. Inskeep and Montagne were...

     for "The York Project: Race and the 2008 Vote"
  • POV, Elizabeth Farnsworth
    Elizabeth Farnsworth
    Elizabeth Farnsworth is an American television news anchorwoman.Born in 1943 Elizabeth Fink in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to a family of farmers, teachers, doctors and railroad executives....

     & 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
    Phil Williams
    Professor Philip James Stradling Williams was a Welsh politician for Plaid Cymru and scientist.-Background:...

     for "General Sessions Court"
  • WWL-TV, New Orleans for "NOAH Housing Program Investigation"


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"


The thirteen awards for 2008 were announced on December 17, 2007, and presented on January 16, 2008.
  • CBS News
    CBS News
    CBS News is the news division of American television and radio network CBS. The current chairman is Jeff Fager who is also the executive producer of 60 Minutes, while the current president of CBS News is David Rhodes. CBS News' flagship program is the CBS Evening News, hosted by the network's main...

     for 60 Minutes: The Mother of All Heists
  • Chicago Public Radio
    Chicago Public Radio
    WBEZ is a noncommercial, public radio station broadcasting from Chicago, Illinois. Financed primarily by listener contributions, the station is affiliated with both National Public Radio and Public Radio International; they also broadcast content from American Public Media...

    , Alix Spiegel & PRI for This American Life: Which One of These Is Not Like the Others?
  • Florentine Films/Hott Productions & WETA-TV
    WETA-TV is a Public Broadcasting Service member public televisionstation for the Washington, D.C., area. Its studios are in nearby Arlington, Virginia...

    , Washington, DC, for Through Deaf Eyes on PBS
  • HBO, Ricki Stern & Annie Sundberg for The Trials of Darryl Hunt
    KHOU is the CBS affiliate television station in Houston, Texas. Serving Greater Houston, it is owned by the Belo Corporation and broadcasts on digital and PSIP channel 11...

    , Houston, for Rules of the Game
  • KMOV-TV, St. Louis, for Left Behind: The Failure of East St. Louis Schools
    KNOE-TV, Channel 8, is the CBS affiliate television station for Monroe, Louisiana. The station is owned by Hoak Media Corporation, which also controls ABC affiliate KAQY, Channel 11 through a local marketing agreement.-History:KNOE-TV went on the air in 1953...

    , Monroe, Louisiana, for Names, Ranks and Serial Plunder: The National Guard and Katrina
    MSNBC is a cable news channel based in the United States available in the US, Germany , South Africa, the Middle East and Canada...

     & Richard Engel for War Zone Diary
  • NBC News
    NBC News
    NBC News is the news division of American television network NBC. It first started broadcasting in February 21, 1940. NBC Nightly News has aired from Studio 3B, located on floors 3 of the NBC Studios is the headquarters of the GE Building forms the centerpiece of 30th Rockefeller Center it is...

     for Dateline: The Education of Ms. Groves
  • NPR
    NPR, formerly National Public Radio, is a privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as a national syndicator to a network of 900 public radio stations in the United States. NPR was created in 1970, following congressional passage of the Public Broadcasting...

     & Daniel Zwerdling
    Daniel Zwerdling
    Daniel Zwerdling is an American investigative journalist.In 2006 and 2007, he reported that officers at Fort Carson were punishing soldiers, returning from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan with post traumatic stress disorder and other serious mental health problems.-Life:From 2002 to 2004, he was...

     for Mental Anguish and the Military
  • Paladin Invision, London, & WETA-TV
    WETA-TV is a Public Broadcasting Service member public televisionstation for the Washington, D.C., area. Its studios are in nearby Arlington, Virginia...

    , Washington, DC, for Jihad: The Men and Ideas Behind Al Qaeda on PBS
    WBBM-TV, virtual channel 2 , is the CBS owned-and-operated television station in Chicago, Illinois. WBBM-TV's main studios and offices are located in The Loop section of Chicago, as part of the development at Block 37, and its transmitter is atop the Willis Tower.-History:WBBM-TV traces its history...

    , for Fly At Your Own Risk
    WFAA, channel 8, is an ABC-affiliated television station serving the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex, one of the top ten media markets in North America. The station is the flagship of Belo Corporation and the largest ABC affiliate not owned and operated by the network...

    , for Television Justice


  • AMERICAN MASTERS and WNET, New York, for Bob Dylan: No Direction Home on PBS
  • Brook Lapping Productions, London, for Israel and the Arabs: Elusive Peace on PBS
  • WGBH's Cape and Islands NPR Stations for Two Cape Cods: Hidden Poverty on the Cape and Islands
  • Discovery Times Channel, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and The New York Times for Nuclear Jihad: Can Terrorists Get the Bomb?
  • FRONTLINE and WGBH, Boston,for The Age of AIDS on PBS
  • HBO, Jon Alpert
    Jon Alpert
    Jon Alpert is an American journalist and documentary filmmaker, known for his use of a cinéma vérité approach in his films. A native of Port Chester, New York, Alpert is a 1970 graduate of Colgate University, and has a black belt in karate....

     and Matthew O'Neillfor Baghdad ER
  • ITVS, Lisa Sleeth and Jim Butterworth
    Jim Butterworth
    Jim Butterworth may refer to:* Jim Butterworth , American technology entrepreneur and documentary filmmaker* Jim Butterworth , Habersham County Georgia Commission Chairman and State Senator...

     for INDEPENDENT LENS: Seoul Train
    Seoul Train
    Seoul Train is a 2005 documentary that deals with the dangerous journeys of North Korean defectors fleeing through or to China. These journeys are both dangerous and daring, since if caught, they face forced repatriation, torture and possible execution....

    on PBS
  • NBC Nightly News and Dateline for Coverage of Hurricane Katrina
  • KCET, Los Angeles, KPBS, San Diego, KQED, San Francisco, KVIE, Sacramento, for California Connected: War Stories from Ward 7-D
  • NPR for Coverage of Iraq
  • WBAL-TV, Baltimore, for Dirty Secret
  • WLOX-TV, Biloxi, for Coverage of Hurricane Katrina
  • WRAL-TV, Raleigh, for Focal Point: Paper Thin Promise and Standards of Living
  • WWL-TV, New Orleans, for Coverage of Hurricane Katrina


  • 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
    The Kitchen Sisters
    The Kitchen Sisters are Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, who are National Public Radio radio producers in the United States.Nelson and Silva met in 1979, in Santa Cruz, California. Silva was curating museum exhibits about local history, and Nelson was recording oral histories for KUSP. They began...

    , 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


  • 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?"



  • Richard Schlesinger
    Richard Schlesinger (journalist)
    Richard Schlesinger is an American television news reporter and correspondent for 48 Hours Mystery. Schlesinger was born in New York. He graduated from University of Missouri with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism in 1976.-Career:...

     for CBS Reports: "Enter the Jury Room"


  • 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."


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