NPR Gets the Baton

NPR News has won the Dupont-Columbia Silver Baton Award for excellence in Journalism.

The award is for excellence in broadcast journalism for a three-part investigative series revealing deep and costly flaws in the U.S. justice system’s bail bond process, it was announced today.  NPR Correspondent Laura Sullivan reported the story; Senior National Editor Steven Drummond edited it. As the story is described, “Bonding for Profit” exposed deep inequities in the treatment of rich and poor defendants, how the bail industry is vested in maintaining those inequities and the surprising cost to taxpayers. The series aired on the NPR newsmagazines “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition” and can be viewed here.

Awards will be presented at a ceremony on January 20 at Columbia University in New York.