Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award

The Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award honors excellence in broadcast and digital journalism in the public service and is considered one of the most prestigious awards in journalism. The awards were established in 1942 and administered until 1967 by Washington and Lee University's O. W. Riegel, Curator and Head of the Department of Journalism and Communications.[1] Since 1968 they have been administered by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, and are considered by some to be the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, another program administered by Columbia University.[2]

Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award
Awarded forThe best in television, radio, and digital journalism
LocationNew York City
Country United States
Presented byColumbia University Graduate School of Journalism
WebsiteduPont-Columbia Awards

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; starting in 2009, under new director Abi Wright, it 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 selects 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.

Notable winnersEdit

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.

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


All winners are listed on the website of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.[3]

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  • John Laurence and CBS Evening News for report on "Charlie Company."
  • 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"


  • ABC News and Arthur Holch, "Inquiry: Chile: Experiment in Red"
  • CBS News, Irv Drasnin, "CBS News Reports: You and the Commercial"
  • Group W, Dick Hubert and Rod MacLeish "And the Rich Shall Inherit the Earth"
  • KGW-TV, Portland, Oregon, Pete Maroney, "Death of a Slideshow"
  • KNX Radio, Los Angeles, California, for editorials on important community issues
  • NBC News and Robert Northshield, "The Sins of the Fathers" (a segment of NBC Reports)
  • National Public Affairs Center for Television and Elizabeth Drew, "Thirty Minutes With..."
  • WBBM-TV, Chicago, Illinois, Judy Muntz, Jim Hatfield, and Lee Phillip, "The Rape of Paulette"
  • WTIC-TV, Hartford, Connecticut, Jean Sablon and Bard Davis "The Nine-Year-Old in Norfolk Prison"


  • ABC News, Av Westin, "Close-Up"
  • CBS News, Don Hewitt, 60 Minutes
  • KFWB Radio, Los Angeles, "SLA 54th Street Shootout"
  • KNXT, Los Angeles, "Why Me?"
  • NBC News, Fred Freed, "The Energy Crisis" (an NBC White Paper)
  • NBC News, Series of Reports on Feeding the Poor
  • National Public Affairs Center for Television, "Washington Week in Review"
  • National Public Affairs Center for Television, Watergate coverage
  • WNET-TV, New York and Frederick Wiseman, "Juvenile Court"
  • TVTV and WNET, New York and David Loxton, Lord of the Universe
  • WKY-TV, Oklahoma City and Bob Dotson, "Through the Looking Glass Darkly" (parts one, two, and three)
  • WPVI-TV, Philadelphia, "Public Bridges and Private Riches"




















  • 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 & 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?"[7]


  • 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 (Rohit Gandhi)
  • 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
  • THE SUNDANCE CHANNEL, Denis Poncet, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade and Allyson Luchak for "The Staircase"
  • 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.[8]

  • 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?
  • PBS, Florentine Films/Hott Productions & WETA-TV, Washington, DC, for Through Deaf Eyes
  • 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
  • PBS, Paladin Invision, London, & WETA-TV, Washington, DC, for Jihad: The Men and Ideas Behind Al Qaeda
  • 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 & Doug Smith 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


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"


  • American Documentary – POV, Gail Dolgin & Robin Fryday, "The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement", on PBS
  • CBS News, Newtown Tragedy Coverage
  • Center for Investigative Reporting, "Broken Shield"
  • ESPN, Outside the Lines: Youth Football Concerns
  • KMGH-TV, Denver & Keli Rabon, Colorado Rape Victims: Evidence Ignored, Justice Denied
  • KSHB 41 Action News, Kansas City, "Tragedy on the Plaza"
  • NBC News, "Devastation in Oklahoma"
  • Scott Thurman & Silver Lining Film Group, Magic Hour Entertainment, Naked Edge Films, "The Revisionaries" on Independent Lens
  • U. C. Berkeley IRP, CIR, FRONTLINE & UNIVISION, "Rape in the Fields/Violación de un Sueño"
  • WBEZ Chicago, This American Life: "Harper High School Parts 1 and 2"
  • WBZ-TV, Boston, Boston Marathon Bombings Coverage
  • WFAA-TV, Dallas & Byron Harris, "Denticaid: Medicaid Dental Abuse in Texas"
  • WVUE-TV, New Orleans & Lee Zurik, "Body of Evidence"
  • WYPR, Baltimore, "The Lines Between Us"


  • CNN, WEED: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports
  • KPNX 12 News, Phoenix & Wendy Halloran, Raked Over the Coals
  • MPR News, Betrayed by Silence
  • Netflix, Virunga
  • NPR & Joseph Shapiro, Guilty and Charged
  • PBS, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  • Planet Money & NPR Visuals, Planet Money Makes a T-shirt
  • The Seattle Times, Sea Change: The Pacific's Perilous Turn
  • WFTS-TV, Tampa Bay, Incapacitated: Florida's Guardianship Program
  • WGBH-TV, Boston, FRONTLINE: Syria's Second Front
  • WGBH-TV, Boston, FRONTLINE: United States of Secrets
  • WLTX-TV, Columbia, DDS: When the System Fails
  • WTSP 10 News, Tampa Bay, Short Yellows and the Red Light Fight



  • CBS News, Nowhere to Go, Europe's Migrant Crisis
  • Dateline NBC co-recipient Sammie Mays and Cosby Accusers, The Cosby Accusers Speak
  • ESPN Films and Laylow Films, O.J.: Made in America
  • Fusion, The Naked Truth: Death by Fentanyl
  • Frontline - PBS, Escaping ISIS and Children of Syria
  • The GroundTruth Project, Foreverstan: The Girls’ School and Razia's Way
  • HBO Documentary Films and SOC Films, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
  • KXAN, Racial Profiling Whitewash
  • Michigan Radio, Not Safe to Drink
  • NBC Connecticut, Crumbling Foundations
  • NOVA and WGBH-TV, Mystery Beneath the Ice
  • NPR & Daniel Zwerdling | Colorado Public Radio & Michael de Yoanna, Missed Treatment
  • WTHR-TV, Charity Caught on Camera
  • WXIA-TV, Alive Atlanta, Dying for Help: Fixing the Nation's Emergency Response System


  • ABC15 Arizona, Cash for Compliance
  • ABC News, Lincoln Square Productions, Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992
  • American Documentary and WORLD Channel - PBS, AMERICA REFRAMED: Class of ‘27
  • CBS News, 60 Minutes: The New Cold War
  • CBS Evening News, The Road to Aleppo
  • Frontline - PBS, Exodus
  • HBO Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, The Lords of the Rings
  • KARE 11, Investigative Reporting
  • KHOU-TV, Transparency
  • National Geographic Documentary Films and Junger Quested Films, Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS
  • NBC Bay Area (KNTV), Arrested at School
  • Netflix, Forward Movement, Kandoo Films, 13th
  • The New York Times, The Daily
  • Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX, and Coda Story, Russia's New Scapegoats
  • This American Life, Episode 600: Will I Know Anyone At This Party? Act One: Party in the USA
  • WITI-TV, Men on the Margin


  • Frontline, Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia, Life on Parole, Living with Murder, Mosul, Myanmar's Killing Fields, Putin's Revenge, The Gang Crackdown and The Last Generation
  • Florentine Films & WETA, The Vietnam War
  • Reveal, PRX, PBS NewsHour, Associated Press, Kept Out
  • 60 Minutes, The Washington Post, The Whistleblower & Too Big to Prosecute
  • WTSP, The Tampa Bay Times, Zombie Campaigns
  • WNYC, ProPublica, Trump Inc.
  • CNN Films, RBG
  • NBC Bay Area, Nima Elbagir, Drivers Under Siege
  • HBO, Mariska Hargitay, Trish Adlesic, Geeta Gandbhir, I Am Evidence
  • RYOT, Alexandria Bombach, Nadia Murad, On Her Shoulders
  • This American Life, Our Town
  • EPIX, This Is Home
  • WNYC, Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice
  • CBS Miami WFOR, The Everglades: Where Politics, Money and Race Collide
  • Rocky Mountain PBS' Insight with John Ferrugia, Imminent Danger


  • APM Reports, In the Dark, Season Two: Supreme Court Coverage
  • CBS News, 60 Minutes, On the Border
  • CNN, The Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi
  • Frontline, ProPublica, PBS, Documenting Hate
  • Frontline, The Facebook Dilemma
  • KARE 11, Love Them First: Lessons from Lucy Laney Elementary & On the Veterans Best
  • Netflix, Bleeding Edge
  • PBS Newshour, Inside Yemen
  • POV & American Documentary, Inc., The Apology
  • POV, Dark Money
  • Michigan Radio & NPR, Believed
  • MSNBC, Bag Man
  • WKBW-TV, Fall From Grace: When Priests Prey and Bishops Betray
  • WETA, McGee Media & Inkwell Films, Reconstruction: After The Civil War
  • WSOC-TV, Something Suspicious in Distract 9

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The Nemours Papers: Series 3 of the duPont family papers, Special Collections, Washington and Lee University Special Collections and Archives, James G. Leyburn Library. Box-folder 26:44 R5 Alfred I. duPont Radio Awards
  2. ^ "Columbia University Announces 2007 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Broadcast News Award Winners". Columbia News (Press release). Columbia University. June 5, 2007 [January 13, 2007]. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  3. ^ All duPont–Columbia Award Winners Archived August 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Columbia Journalism School. Retrieved 2014-12-18.
  4. ^ Pauline Frederick Papers, 1917–1990, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College. Retrieved 2013-08-05.
  5. ^ "CBS News. Richard Schlesinger. Correspondent, 48 Hours Mystery". Archived from the original on 12 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-09.
  6. ^ "CRY FREETOWN" (Interview). PBS NewsHour. 25 January 2001. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-07. Retrieved 2010-05-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Columbia News: December 17, 2007-
  9. ^ "2013 WINNERS: 14 SILVER BATONS". Columbia Journalism School. Archived from the original on 25 December 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013.

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