Katie Couric Headlines duPont Awards

By Andrew Gauthier 


CBS News anchor Katie Couric walked away with a prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award last week for what she described as “the most talked about interviews that I have ever done.” She was of course referring to her series of interviews with then-Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

PBS’s Gwen Ifill, who was the evening’s host, said that the interviews “had the greatest impact on the presidential campaign. And on late night comedy.”

The duPont jury lauded a handful of local stations for exemplary investigative work. Nashville’s WTVF was awarded for its investigation of Nashville’s General Sessions Court system that exposed judges abusing their power. Deborah Turner, President and General Manager of WTVF-NewsChannel 5, said that she was proud of WTVF’s investigative team, adding, “The impact of this series is an excellent example of public service that only a local broadcaster can deliver.”

Here are several other notable winners (full list here):

WWL-TV, New Orleans:
NOAH Housing Program Investigation

WSVN-TV, Miami, Carmel Cafiero & Anthony Pineda:
Pill Mills

WCAX-TV, Burlington & Kristin Carlson:
Foreigners on the Farm

KMGH-TV, Denver & Tony Kovaleski:
33 Minutes to 34 Right

KHOU-TV, Houston & Mark Greenblatt: Under Fire:
Discrimination and Corruption in the Texas National Guard