This year marks the 75 Anniversary of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, honoring the best in broadcast, documentary and online reporting. This year’s 14 winners will be awarded on January 25, 2017 at the award’s 75th celebration.
MediaStorm is honored to have been the first organization to receive the Alfred I. duPont Award for a web-based production in 2010 for Intended Consequences. In 2011, we received the Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism for Undesired.
This year, investigative journalism will be honored with nine awards across network and cable television, radio and local television stations, often in overlapping platforms. Four awards will go to local television news investigations: KXAN for documenting the police’s inaccurate racial profiling records; NBC Connecticut for uncovering widespread home foundation failures; WTHR-TV for exposing massive mismanagement and corruption at a popular charity; and WXIA 11Alive for spotlighting both a problem with the 911 emergency system and promoting potential solutions.
Public broadcasting will receive four awards: two for network hours will go to FRONTLINE’s Syria and Iraq reporting and NOVA’s dazzling yet disturbing look at the impact of global warming. Two silver batons will go to public radio programming: Michigan Radio’s revealing coverage of the Flint water crisis and NPR/Colorado Public Radio’s exposé on the Army’s mistreatment of disabled veterans. The broadcast news networks will take home two duPonts: one goes to NBC News Dateline’s “The Cosby Accusers Speak;” the other for CBS News’s breaking coverage of the migrant crisis, respectively. Two documentaries will be honored with awards: one for HBO’s “A Girl in the River” and the second for ESPN Films’ “OJ: Made in America,” a nearly eight hour-long documentary.
The GroundTruth Project, an online nonprofit media organization, will win its first silver baton for Foreverstan: “The Girls’ School” and “Razia’s Way,” a hybrid film, digital and podcast look at Afghan women’s education. Another hybrid work, “Death by Fentanyl,” will also be the first duPont award for Fusion.
Congratulations to all the winners!