Outstanding on-the-scene reporting of a major breaking news event done with extraordinary skill, sensitivity, and nimbleness.
When a devastating earthquake hit central China in May 12, 2008, NPR’s Melissa Block, Robert Siegel and their team were the only foreign reporters on the scene. They gave the world its first impressions of the catastrophe, and their ensuing reports contained vivid stories of grief, hope and survival. The team was nimble and hard working, producing excellent pieces, often live, under difficult conditions. Block and Producer Andrea Hsu were conducting an interview at the moment the earthquake struck. They continued reporting as the earth shook beneath them. The team worked their way to the epicenter to report about blocked roads, mountain slides and collapsed schools. Hundreds of radio and television stations in the U.S. and around the world relied on NPR’s exclusive coverage of the breaking story for the earliest coverage of the tragedy.
Melissa Block, Robert Siegel, hosts; Brendan Banaszak, Andrea Hsu, Art Silverman, producers; Louisa Lim, Anthony Kuhn, correspondents; Stacey Abbott, engineer; Ma Dongxiao, editorial assistant; Christopher Turpin, executive producer; Ellen Weiss, vice president, news
Listen to "Coverage of Chengdu Earthquake" here: qtstreaming.jrn.columbia.edu/dupont/2009/chengduearthquake.mov