Winners of Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards Announced

Dec 15, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Winners of this year’s Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, announced Thursday, include an HBO “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” story about children enslaved as camel racing jockeys in the United Arab Emirates, ABC News coverage of the death of Pope Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI’s election and CNN’s coverage of the Southeast Asia tsunami.

The 13 winners were chosen from 628 radio and TV news entries that aired in this country between July 1, 2004, and June 30, 2005.

Multiple TV honorees are Boston public television station WGBH-TV and “Frontline” for a report on al Qaeda operatives in Western Europe, a report (on which the New York Times collaborated) on the pitfalls of our credit-card economy and a story (on which BBC World Service collaborated) about the international competition for stem cell therapies.

Also among the national honorees are CNBC’s “The Age of Wal-Mart: Inside America’s Most Powerful Company”; The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva) and National Public Radio for a series on cooking and culture; and The Sundance Channel, Dennis Poncet and Jean-Xavier de Lestrade for a documentary series about the investigation and prosecution of a murder in North Carolina.

The complete list of winners can be found at www.columbia.edu. The awards will be presented Jan. 18 in a ceremony hosted by “CBS Evening News” anchor and “Face the Nation” moderator Bob Schieffer.

A one-hour documentary about the winners, “Telling the Truth: The Best in Broadcast Journalism,” hosted by former “Nightline” correspondent Michel Martin, will be broadcast nationwide on public television stations beginning Tuesday, Jan. 24.