The Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award honors excellence in broadcast and digital journalism in the public service. The awards were established in 1942 and administered until 1967 by Washington and Lee University, O.W. Riegel Curator and Head of the Department of Journalism and Communications. Since 1968 they have been administered by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, are considered by some to be the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, another program administered by Columbia University.
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 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.
|Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award|
|Awarded for||The best in television, radio, and digital journalism|
|Location||New York City|
|Presented by||Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism|
The duPont Jury also announced four finalists for their exemplary broadcast journalism:
The thirteen awards for 2008 were announced on December 17, 2007, and presented on January 16, 2008.
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Television & Radio, Silver Baton Winners
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America ReFramed is a weekly independent documentary series broadcast on World Channel. Since 2012, America ReFramed has broadcast over 120 films by independent filmmakers. The series is co-produced by American Documentary, Inc. and the WORLD Channel. America ReFramed films feature personal stories that have a strong social-issue focus.
America ReFramed broadcasts have won several awards including a Peabody Award and Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for broadcast journalism. The series has earned several Christopher, GRACIE, Telly and Cine Golden Eagle Awards, as well as nominations for EMMY, Independent Documentary Association, and Imagen awards.Anand Naidoo
Anand Naidoo is a South African anchor and correspondent for CGTN America based in Washington, DC.He currently hosts CGTN America's daily political talk show, The Heat.
He joined CGTN America in October 2012 after six years as an anchor for Al Jazeera English, and ten years as CNN International's World News anchor prior.
Before joining CNN in 1997, Anand was the evening news anchor for the South African Broadcasting Corp. in Johannesburg. He began his broadcast career in Belgium, where he worked as a field producer for Belgian television as well as a producer and anchor for the Belgian Radio World Service.
Anand has also worked as a news editor on Radio 702, a Johannesburg independent radio station and a presenter on the South African cable station, M-Net.
He began his career as a newspaper journalist on the Johannesburg Rand Daily Mail.
Among the major stories Anand has covered during his career was the release of Nelson Mandela and the first all-race elections in South Africa in 1994. He has also anchored breaking news coverage on the bomb blasts at the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the North Korean missile tests, the Nato Air Campaign in Yugoslavia and the Bosnian war and the 2nd Gulf War in Iraq.
More recently, he has travelled extensively in Central and South America covering human rights and environmental issues.
Anand is the recipient of several prestigious journalism awards including the George Peabody award for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for coverage of the tsunami disaster in South East Asia.
In April 2015, he was awarded the Bronze World Medal for Best News Anchor at the New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards. The jury cited his coverage of the rise of the Far Right in European politics in making the award.
He was awarded the Bronze Medal again for Best News Anchor at the New York Festivals TV & Film awards in April 2018 for his interview with John Nixon, the CIA agent who interrogated Saddam Hussein shortly after the Iraqi leader was captured by US forces.Beth Murphy
Beth Murphy is an American documentary director, producer and author who founded the film production company Principle Pictures and is the director of GroundTruth Films. She is director/producer for nearly 20 films (Sundance Channel, PBS, History Channel, Lifetime, Discovery Networks), including the feature documentaries Beyond Belief and The List, both of which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and went on to win awards on the festival circuit. Beth is a blogger for Huffington Post and Correspondent/Producer for GlobalPost Special Reports. She is a fellow at Boston University’s Center for Iraq Studies and serves on the board of the International Institute of Boston. Beth is also the winner of the National Edward R. Murrow Award and the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award.Brad Willis (journalist)
Brad Willis (also known as Bhava Ram) (born August 27, 1949) is a former NBC News foreign correspondent, author, musician and teacher. As a journalist, Willis was the recipient of the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award for his work from inside Afghanistan during the Soviet Occupation in 1986. Since retiring from journalism due to a broken back and failed surgery, Willis has focused on Vedic wisdom, teaching and writing about ayurveda and yoga.California Connected
California Connected was a television newsmagazine that broadcast stories about the state of California to "increase civic engagement." The show was created by Marley Klaus and aired on twelve PBS member stations throughout California. In 2006, former NBC producer Bret Marcus took over as executive producer. The program was cancelled in 2007 due to a lack of funding.
The program debuted in 2002 with host David Brancaccio; he anchored the show from the Los Angeles studios of then-PBS station KCET. Lisa McRee replaced Brancaccio in 2004. Rather than anchor from a television studio, McRee hosted the show from a different Californian location each week. A total of 154 episodes were taped.
"California Connected" won more than 65 regional and national awards and, in 2007, the program won its first Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism for a story titled, War Stories From Ward 7-D.
California Connected was co-produced by the following four PBS stations: KCET in Los Angeles, KQED in San Francisco, KVIE in Sacramento, and KPBS in San Diego. The theme music was written by Christopher Cross and Stephen Bray. Major funding came from: the James Irvine Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, The California Endowment, and the Annenberg Foundation.
California Connected will continue to provide access to its website, audio files, videos, blog, and RSS feed.Clark Boyd
Clark Boyd is an American radio journalist. He is the award-winning technology correspondent for The World, a daily global news program created by Public Radio International (PRI), and co-produced by PRI, the BBC World Service, and WGBH Boston. He has been with the program since 1996.
He has covered stories from around the globe focusing on technology in its many forms and its impact on people around the world. His reporting on a four-part series on global stem cell research helped The World win an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for Broadcast Journalism in 2006. He was also the original host and creator of PRI's The World Technology podcast, which launched in February 2005, and was the first radio program at a national level to podcast. Clark continues to host this podcast which is consistently one of the top PRI Podcasts in iTunes, See PRI's The World and Public Radio International.
On 2011-07-12 Clark announced a hiatus in pod-casting The World Technology program. The announcement did not include anticipation of resumption of program distribution, though Clark stated he would remain as a technology reporter with WGBH-The World.1. The podcast was brought back by popular demand a few weeks later, with the introduction of "B-sides," longer stories, often taken directly from the BBC, and replay in length. After moving from Belgium back to the United States in summer of 2012, however, the podcast did not continue.
Clark has also had stints on Frontline World, WGBH Boston's global issues documentary series seen on PBS in which he covered numerous stories including a feature on Kiva.org and the impact of a silicon valley start up and technology on the Secret Files in Guatemala.He holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Georgetown University and a master's in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School. In 2006-07 Clark was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.David Hepp
David Hepp is an American journalist and former public television producer. He and Lise Bang-Jensen created the Albany, New York-based Inside Albany news television program, which ran for several decades until it ceased production on December 31, 2006.Hepp received the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award "for excellence in television journalism" as well as awards from the Associated Press, the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the New York State Broadcasters Association.
Hepp holds degrees from Siena College and Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications.Helen Whitney
Helen Whitney is an American producer, director and writer of documentaries and feature films that have aired on PBS, HBO, ABC and NBC.
Whitney's subjects have included youth gangs, the 1996 American presidential candidates, a Trappist monastery in Massachusetts, the McCarthy Era in the United States, Pope John Paul II, and the late photographer Richard Avedon.
Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero, was a PBS two-hour television special on the 9/11 attacks, which explored the spiritual aftershocks of this event. Whitney's film, The Mormons, was a four-hour PBS series and the first collaboration between the PBS programs American Experience and Frontline.
Whitney's film, Forgiveness: A Time to Love & A Time to Hate, examines the power, limitations - and in rare cases - the dangers of forgiveness through stories ranging from personal betrayal to international truth and reconciliation commissions. This three-hour series aired on PBS in April 2011.
Whitney's 1982 ABC News Close-Up documentary about the McCarthy Era, American Inquisition, provoked a libel suit brought by journalist Victor Lasky. Whitney and ABC News were defended by First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams. The court ruled in favor of Whitney and ABC News. Abrams remarked, "we won and the broadcast was totally vindicated."
In her feature film work, Whitney has directed actors such as Lindsay Crouse, Austin Pendleton, Blair Brown, Brenda Fricker, and David Strathairn.
Her films have received an Oscar nomination, the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, an Emmy Award and the George Foster Peabody Award.Independent Lens
Independent Lens is a weekly television series airing on PBS presenting documentary films made by independent filmmakers. Past seasons of Independent Lens were presented by hosts Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, Susan Sarandon, Edie Falco, Terrence Howard, Maggie Gyllenhaal, America Ferrera, Mary-Louise Parker, and Stanley Tucci, who served two stints as host from 2012-2014.The series began in 1999 and for three years aired 10 episodes each fall season. In 2002, PBS announced that in 2003 the series would relaunch and expand to 29 primetime episodes a year. The 2017-2018 season is regarded as the 16th season for the series.
Independent Lens has won six Primetime Emmy Awards and 20 films have won News & Documentary Emmy Awards. In 2012, "Have You Heard From Johannesburg?" won for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking; in 2007, A Lion in the House won for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking; and A Lion's Trail won in 2006 for Outstanding Cultural and Artistic Programming. Three other films won for Best Documentary: Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life in 2008, Be Good, Smile Pretty in 2004, and Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle in 2000. Four Independent Lens films won News & Documentary Emmys in 2017 alone: The Armor of Light; (T)error; Best of Enemies; and In Football We Trust. As well, six Independent Lens films garnered Academy Award nominations for Best Documentary: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2006), The Weather Underground (2004), Waste Land (2010), Hell and Back Again (2011), How to Survive a Plague (2012), and I Am Not Your Negro (2016). Other awards conferred upon Independent Lens films include the George Foster Peabody Award, International Documentary Association Documentary Awards, Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, and Sundance Film Festival Awards.Jamie Tarabay
Jamie Tarabay is a journalist born in Australia. She is based in New York City.
Tarabay has a B.A. in Government and French from the University of Sydney, is fluent in French and Arabic and has worked as a foreign correspondent. She lived in Beirut for three years as a child and has spent much time as a journalist covering and living in the Middle East. In 2000 she was sent to Jerusalem by Associated Press and in 2005 she released a book about her experiences in the Middle East during 2000 to 2004: A Crazy Occupation: Eyewitness to the Intifada. She has covered Iraq since the formal end of hostilities in 2003 and from 2005 to 2007 she was the NPR News bureau chief in Baghdad. She was part of the NPR News team that in January 2007 were awarded the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for their coverage of Iraq. As of early 2014 she was a Senior Staff Writer at Al Jazeera America.John McWethy
John Fleetwood McWethy (February 28, 1947 – February 6, 2008) was an American journalist.
McWethy was born in Aurora, Illinois and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1969 from DePauw University, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. In 1970, he graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. McWethy was a 1965 graduate of Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Illinois. In 1993, he was inducted into the high school's Hall of Fame.McWethy began his career with U.S. News & World Report, starting as a science editor in 1972, before becoming the magazine's White House correspondent in 1977.
McWethy joined ABC News in 1979. He was the network's National Security Correspondent from 1985 until his retirement in 2003, and was in The Pentagon when it was struck by hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 during the September 11 attacks.
McWethy received five Emmy Awards, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, and an Overseas Press Club award in 1987. He received an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater, DePauw in 2003.
McWethy continued to serve as a Special Correspondent for ABC News until 2006, and was a Senior Advisor to the United States Army Command and General Staff College. On 11 August 2004, he moderated the first "News and Terrorism: Communicating in a Crisis" workshop, a joint program by the National Academy of Engineering, the Radio-Television News Directors Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.McWethy died in a skiing accident while at Keystone Resort. Witnesses reported he missed a turn and struck a tree, suffering blunt force trauma to his chest.John McWethy is survived by a wife and two adult children.Judy Muller
Judy Muller is an American journalist. She has been a correspondent for ABC News since 1990, contributing reports to such programs as Nightline and World News Tonight. She was a regular contributor to National Public Radio's Morning Edition program. Previous to her employment with ABC, she worked for CBS News, contributing to CBS News Sunday Morning and the CBS Weekend News on television, as well as a regular radio feature, First Line Report.
Muller is a graduate of Mary Washington College (now called University of Mary Washington). She joined the faculty of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in August 2003 as an assistant professor of journalism, and now serves as professor of journalism.
As part of the Nightline team, she received an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots and an Emmy Award for coverage of the O. J. Simpson case.
She has written a book entitled Now This: Radio, Television—and the Real World (2000).Keith Summa
Keith Summa is an American television news producer and executive. Summa currently serves as Senior Vice President of Content & Programming for Univision. From 2007 to 2012 Summa headed CBS News' investigative unit. For 15 years prior he was a producer for ABC News and Peter Jennings Productions. Summa has received the George Polk Award, the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, the Peabody Award, and several News & Documentary Emmy Awards for his work in television news production.Lawrence Hott
Lawrence "Larry" Hott is an American academic and documentary filmmaker.
Hott is a co-founding partner of Florentine Films, joining Ken Burns, Roger Sherman and Buddy Squires in documentary production in 1977. He has produced and directed documentary films for PBS, the Library of American Landscape History, the American Antiquarian Society and others. He has twice been nominated for an Academy Award,
received a Peabody Award, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, and five blue ribbons from the American Film Festival. Since the mid 2010s, Hott has taught courses in the University Without Walls program of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.Hott is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Hott has been a Fulbright Program Fellow in both Vietnam and Great Britain.Madeleine Baran
Madeleine Baran is an investigative reporter, best known for her reporting of law enforcement investigations.Baran is the host and lead reporter of the podcast In the Dark, produced by American Public Media. It was named one of "The Best New Podcasts of 2016" by The New York Times.Before APM, Baran spent six-and-half years at Minnesota Public Radio (MPR). In 2013 and 2014, Baran led MPR’s award-winning coverage of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ sex abuse scandals, “Betrayed by Silence”. Her reporting led to the resignation of the archbishop, criminal charges against the archdiocese, and lawsuits by victims of clergy sex abuse. Baran's has received the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award for excellence in journalism in the public service. Her work has also won a Peabody Award, a Gracie Award, and two national Sigma Delta Chi Awards.Baran is from Milwaukee. She studied at Hampshire College and New York University, where she received a master’s degree in Journalism and French Studies.Noah Adams
Noah Adams is an American broadcast journalist and author, known primarily for his more than thirty years of experience on National Public Radio. A former co-host of the daily All Things Considered program, he is currently the contributing correspondent at the network's National Desk. As a bestselling author, Adams' books tend to document a full year in his life, specifically as that year relates to a particular passion or research project. Adams has also dabbled in major documentary projects, such as Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown in 1981. The program, which he wrote and narrated, earned him the Prix Italia, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, and the Major Armstrong Award.
Adams was the host of the nationally syndicated Minnesota Public Radio variety show Good Evening, created in 1987 to replace A Prairie Home Companion after that show left the air.
Good Evening ran for less than a year before being canceled; A Prairie Home Companion returned after a several-year hiatus.
Adams was born in Ashland, Kentucky. He is married to Neenah Ellis, public radio producer and general manager of WYSO-FM in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where they both make their home.Peabody Award
The George Foster Peabody Awards (or simply Peabody Awards) program, named for the American businessman and philanthropist George Peabody, honor the most powerful, enlightening, and invigorating stories in television, radio, and online media. Programs are recognized in seven categories: news, entertainment, documentaries, children's programming, education, interactive programming, and public service. Peabody Award winners include radio and television stations, networks, online media, producing organizations, and individuals from around the world.
Established in 1940 by a committee of the National Association of Broadcasters, the Peabody Award was created to honor excellence in radio broadcasting. It is the oldest major electronic media award in the United States and some say the most prestigious, sometimes competing for recognition with the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award. Final Peabody Award winners are selected unanimously by the program's Board of Jurors.
Reflecting excellence in quality storytelling, rather than popularity or commercial success, Peabody Awards are distributed annually to 30 out of 60 finalists culled from more than 1,000 entries. Because submissions are accepted from a wide variety of sources and styles, deliberations seek "Excellence On Its Own Terms".Each entry is evaluated on the achievement of standards established within its own context. Entries, for which a US$350 fee (US$225 for radio) is required, are self-selected by those making submissions.Simon Ostrovsky
Simon Ostrovsky (Russian: Симо́н Остро́вский; born February 2, 1981) is a Soviet-born Russian American documentary filmmaker and journalist. He is known for his coverage of the 2014 crisis in Ukraine for VICE News and for Selfie Soldiers, a 2015 documentary in which he re-enacted a Russian soldier's social media posts to track him to Ukraine. He was briefly held hostage by pro-Russia militants there in April 2014. Ostrovsky won an Emmy Award in 2013 for his work with VICE and his series Russian Roulette was nominated for two Emmys. He is also a recipient of the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award.Youth Radio
YR Media (formerly Youth Radio) is a national network of young journalists and artists collaborating with peers across the country and top media professional to create impactful content. YR Media has operated as a non-profit production company in the Bay Area for 25 years, starting in Berkeley, CA and moving to downtown Oakland, CA in 2007. YR was founded by Ellin O'Leary. O' Leary founded Youth Radio in 1992 and served as its first Executive Director. YR invests in future generations by championing the voices of young people and helping build crucial skills in journalism, arts and media.
YR has partnered with outlets including Teen Vogue, NPR, Pandora, and NYTimes to further amplify the work of young journalists and artists, and their work has been recognized by awards including the
George Foster Peabody Award, Edward R. Murrow Award, and Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.