Washington public television station WETA and Baltimore’s WBAL are among the 16 winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, announced this morning by NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw. The annual award recognizes broadcast, documentary and digital works that are well-crafted, well-reported and serve the public interest.
WETA wins for a Ken Burns-produced, Barak Goodman-directed documentary series that examines the history, science and politics of cancer, as well as the lived experience of the people and families it affects. The series takes its name and inspiration from Siddhartha Mukherjee‘s book The Emperor of All Maladies.
WBAL is honored for its breaking news coverage following the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray from injuries sustained under police custody. “Investigative reporter Jayne Miller led the way locally and nationally on the investigation into what happened to Freddie Gray. Gray was arrested and injured on April 12, 2015. Miller immediately started questioning the official story,” reads the citation. “Her exemplary reports raised important questions about probable cause, police policy, and accountability. Miller asked probing, smart questions and followed up with clear analysis of a fast changing story.”
This year the committee also handed out its first ever award to a podcast, to WBEZ and This American Life for the first season of “Serial.”
The Jan. 19, 2016 awards ceremony will take place in New York at Columbia University, hosted by Tom Brokaw and ABC News Nightline anchor Juju Chang. A livestream will also be available.