KMOV, WBAL, WRAL Among duPont Award Winners

By Chris Ariens Comment

St. Louis station KKmov_injustice_system_craig-350MOV, Baltimore’s WBAL and Raleigh, N.C.’s WRAL are all being honored with the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

KMOV’s Craig Cheatham and team are being honored for their investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown and the criminal justice system in and around St. Louis in the hour-long, commercial free documentary The Injustice System.

WBAL’s Jayne Miller is being honored for her investigative work on the death of Freddie Gray. “Her exemplary reports raised important questions about probable cause, police policy, and accountability,” the judges found. “Miller asked probing, smart questions and followed up with clear analysis of a fast changing story.”

WRALJourneyWRAL reporter Leyla Santiago and photographer Zac Gooch are being honored for their series Journey Alone, about the surge in illegal immigration and the unaccompanied minors who made their way to North Carolina. “It is commendable that WRAL devoted the resources to a project so far away from North Carolina… The program is well shot and well paced, and expertly tackled a humanitarian and political issue of both national and local importance.”

Other local media duPont Awards are going to WBEZ & This American Life for Serial: Season One; WETA for its series Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies; WNYC for its investigative reports NYPD Bruised; and KCBS Radio in San Francisco for its investigative series called Unholy Water in which St. Mary’s Cathedral was exposed for soaking the homeless overnight to keep them from sleeping on the church steps.

TVNewser has the national TV duPont Award winners including reports from ABC’s Diane Sawyer and CBS’s Scott Pelley and first wins for VICE and Al Jazeera America.

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