And the 2011 duPont Awards go to…

By Molly Stark Dean Comment

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism announced the winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards today. Among the 13 winners of a silver baton were ABC News, BBC America, CBS News, and PBS.

ABC News won the award for their “20/20” report “Brian Ross Investigates: ‘The Coach’s Secret’,” which investigated male swim coach sex scandals involving teen female swimmers. The recipients of the award are ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross and producers Megan Chuchmach and Avni Patel.

“BBC World News America: ‘Haiti’s Earthquake'” also won a silver baton for a series of reports in the wake of the earthquake in Haiti, which exposed tragic loss of life as well as relief efforts. The award was presented to BBC World News America anchor Matt Frei and BBC Correspondent Matthew Price.

CBS News’ report on “60 Minutes” depicted the Deepwater Horizon explosion in an outstanding two-part investigative report. With creative graphics and eyewitness interviews, “The Blowout” received a silver baton accepted by Scott Pelley and his team.

PBS won a duPont for “The English Surgeon on PBS,” which is a documentary about a British surgeon coming to terms with the power and limits of medicine. POV & Geoffrey Smith accepted this baton for the doc including doctors’ honest testimony and graphic surgery scenes.

PBS won another baton for a report by WGBH’s “FRONTLINE” for their reporting on Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.  Najibullah Quraishi — who was featured in Anderson Cooper’s “Taliban” doc — was presented this baton for his report titled “Behind Taliban Lines.”

For local station winners, check out TVSpy after the jump…

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