AN OUTSTANDING TWO-PART INVESTIGATIVE REPORT THAT ADVANCED A BREAKING STORY ABOUT THE EXPLOSION ON THE DEEPWATER HORIZON

In the middle of a breaking story, Scott Pelley and his team produced a model of investigative reporting uncovering new information from a central figure in the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. The information from their interview with an eyewitness broke news laying out a series of mishaps in the weeks leading to the disaster that provided valuable clues about what went wrong. Their creative use of first-rate graphics helped viewers understand what happened on the oil rig and underground to cause the explosion. With spare and effective writing, the team produced both a riveting and harrowing story.

Jeff Fager, executive producer; Bill Owens, executive editor; Scott Pelley, correspondent; Michael Radutzky, senior producer; Graham Messick, producer; Solly Granatstein, producer

View The Blowout: cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6795538n&tag=contentBody;housing.

View a video journal from the 60 minutes team: vimeo.com/dupontawards/2011-60min

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