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Winners of duPont-Columbia Awards Announced, Honoring Excellence in Broadcast Journalism

Dec 21, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The 2012 winners of the duPont-Columbia University Awards, honoring excellence in broadcast journalism, were announced today, B&C reports.

Al Jazeera English was honored for the first time, while HBO received two awards. In all, 14 winners will be honored in a ceremony set for Jan. 19.

The duPonts honor "accurate and fair reporting about important issues that are powerfully told," according to organizers, who add, “Breaking news coverage, reporting with innovative storytelling and content, and stories that have made an impact in the public interest are also paramount."

Al Jazeera English was recognized for "Fault Lines, Haiti — Six Months On." CBS was honored for "60 Minutes Report: A Relentless Enemy," and NBC News and Richard Engel won for coverage of the Arab Spring.

Here are the other winners:

— Danfung Dennis, Impact Partners, Roast Beef Productions, Sabotage Films, Thought Engine, and Channel 4 BritDoc Foundation for “Hell and Back Again”

— Detroit Public TV for “Beyond the Light Switch”

— HBO and Blowback Productions for “Triangle: Remembering the Fire”

— HBO’s "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" for "Head Games," a look at concussions in sports.

— MediaStorm and Walter Astrada for “Undesired” for the Alexia Foundation

— The New York Times for online stories "A Year at War" and "Surviving the Earthquake: Children"

— WFAA Dallas and Byron Harris for the report on for-profit trade schools, “Bitter Lessons”

— WGBH for its NOVA program “Japan’s Killer Quake”

— WNYC and Ailsa Chang for “Alleged Illegal Searches by the NYPD”

— WSB Atlanta and Jodie Fleischer for the eight-part foreclosure series “Stealing Houses”

— WTVF Nashville and Phil Williams for “Policing for Profit”

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