New York, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2015 -- Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism on Tuesday announced 16 winners of the 2016 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, including KMOV-TV.
Investigative journalism was honored with eight awards across network and cable television, audio/radio, online, newspapers and local television stations, often in overlapping platforms. Four awards will go to local television news investigations; Cronkite News/Arizona PBS, KMOV-TV, WBAL-TV, WRAL-TV.
The 2016 duPont winners are:
KMOV-TV & Craig Cheatham - The Injustice System: Cops, Courts and Greedy Politicians
A rare commercial free hour gave important context to the news in Ferguson by exposing corruption in the St. Louis area’s criminal justice system.
In the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown and the ensuing crisis in Ferguson, KMOV investigated the criminal justice system in several surrounding St. Louis communities. They found a system driven by profit with mandated quota systems directing police officers to write tickets and small municipal courts making money off speed traps and fines. Veteran reporter Craig Cheatham doorstepped the responsible public officials. This documentary featured classic accountability reporting, and is part of a major ongoing investigation that included more than 40 stories revealing misconduct, incompetence, racism and greed in policing and the courts. KMOV’s investigation had an impact, prompting one local police department to end its ticket quota system. It also forced the resignation of a judge and the termination of a police officer.
Craig Cheatham, Executive Producer/Investigative Reporter; Mike Murphy, General Manager; Brian Thouvenot, Executive News Director; Jim Thomas, News Photographer/Editor; Ryan Bellamy,Photographer/Editor.
ABC News - Bruce Jenner: The Interview
A substantive, sensitive interview highlighted one of this year’s most talked about social issues - transgenderism.
Al Jazeera America & Kartemquin Films - Hard Earned
Immersive verité filmmaking invested viewers in the lives of the struggling working class through compelling human portraits.
CBS NEWS | 60 Minutes - A Crime Against Humanity
Previously unheard testimony and unseen images bore shocking witness to the 2013 Syrian sarin gas attacks.
Cronkite News | Arizona PBS - Hooked: Tracking Heroin's Hold on Arizona
A local student/professional partnership spotlighted a flourishing but hidden heroin epidemic in Arizona.
FRONTLINE | PBS - Ebola Outbreak & Outbreak
Two separate comprehensive Ebola documentaries combined to dominate coverage of this tragic international story.
FRONTLINE | PBS - Growing Up Trans
An artful feature length documentary presented a poignant, clear-eyed examination of the complex world of transgender children.
HBO & Jigsaw Productions - Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
A blockbuster feature length documentary exposé of Scientology challenged powerful interests head on.
HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel - The Price of Glory
An exceptional magazine investigation exposed the dark side of Qatar’s plan to host the 2022 World Cup, from buying athletes to exploiting workers.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - A Watershed Moment: Great Lakes at a Crossroads
An informative multimedia project clearly illustrated the damage caused to the Great Lakes by invasive species.
WETA, Ark Media, Florentine Films & Laura Ziskin Pictures - Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies
An ambitious documentary series tackled a challenging topic with depth, context and humanity.
VICE News - Selfie Soldiers: Russia's Army Checks in to Ukraine
Innovative reporting tracked Russian soldiers to Ukraine through their social media accounts.
WBAL-TV & Jayne Miller - Freddie Gray Investigation
Outstanding local breaking news coverage gave up-to-the-minute reports on the death of Freddie Gray.
WBEZ & This American Life - Serial: Season One
A groundbreaking podcast series revealed the inadequacies of the criminal justice system.
WNYC - NYPD Bruised
Hard hitting investigative radio reports used data analysis to show questionable NYPD practices.
WRAL-TV - Journey Alone
An enlightening short documentary examined the surge in illegal immigration of unaccompanied minors and its impact on North Carolina.
Special Finalist Certificate:
KCBS Radio - Unholy Water
An unvarnished series of investigative radio reports exposed a church systematically soaking the homeless overnight to keep them from sleeping on the church steps.
Tom Brokaw, special correspondent for NBC News, and ABC News Nightline Anchor Juju Chang will co-host the duPont Awards ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at Columbia University’s Low Memorial Library, which will be livestreamed at bit.ly/cjslive. Brokaw’s video announcement and more information about the winners can be seen at www.dupont.org and the hashtag #duPont2016.
The 16 winning programs and one citation appeared on air, online or in theaters between June 30, 2014 and July 1, 2015. The duPont Jury looks for accurate and fair reporting about important issues that are powerfully told. Breaking news coverage, innovative storytelling and content, and stories that have an impact in the public interest are paramount.
The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards honor excellence in broadcast, online and documentary journalism. The awards, established in 1942 by Jessie Ball duPont in memory of her husband Alfred I. duPont, are generously supported by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.
About the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
For over a century, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism has been preparing journalists with instruction and training that stress academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry, and professional practice. Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer, the School opened its doors in 1912 and offers master of science, master of arts, and doctor of philosophy degrees. Learn more at: www.journalism.columbia.edu