Robert Bazell, science correspondent of the first rank, started covering what came to be the AIDS epidemic before it was even identified. His reports over the past five years have dispelled myths and explained with clarity all aspects of this deadly and terrifying disease. His reporting is exemplary science journalism and a model for others.
CREDITS: William Wheatley, Jr., Paul W. Greenberg, Robert Bazell, Carolyn Schatz
This intimate portrait of Lieut. Elmo Zumwalt 3d’s fight for victory over cancer is made even more poignant by an ironic twist of fate. His rare cancer is believed to have been caused by Agent Orange, a defoliant used in fighting the Vietnam War by order of his father, Admiral Elmo Zumwalt Jr., commander of U.S. Naval Forces in Vietnam in the 60’s. The strengthened relationship of father and son despite this knowledge is movingly detailed in this highly charged, inspiring piece of television journalism.
CREDITS: Av Westin, Ena Riisna, John Laurence, Hugh Downs, Barbara Walters
CBS News mobilized 50 of its top reporters and producers over an August weekend and came away with this award-winning news special. In a first-person, gritty story-telling style, this unblinking, streamside look at drug life in America--from the squalor of New York’s Times Square to business-suited Wall Street and New Jersey’s pristine suburbs--captures the raw reality of the problem that concerns more Americans than either unemployment or world peace. In addition, the success of this team effort breathes new hope into a form many feared was near death --the television documentary. This is riveting and important television, which points the way for the future of longer-format news coverage.
CREDITS: Lance Venardos, Lew Allison, Steve Glauber, William H. Willson, Kyle Good, Ira Sutow, Margery Baker, Jude Dratt, Patrice Fletcher, Joe Halderman, Lori Hillman, Judith Hole, Donna Inserra, Carolyn Kresky, Elena Mannes, Marikay Mead, Maurice Murad, Bill Nieves, George Osterkamp, John Reade, Roxanne Russell, Lisa Sanders, David Schneider, Jane Schulberg, Bill Skane, Nancy Solomon, Howard Stringer, Mary Walsh, Tom Yellin, Roberto Alvarez, Aubrey Barnard, Skip Brand, Ray Bribiesca, Skip Brown, Joe Duncan, Carl Gilman, Alan Hand, Steve Jackson, Julian Krajewski, Keith Kulin, Norman Lloyd, Mike Marriott, Mike McEachern, Pat O'Dell, Art Smith, Steve Smith, Mirek Snopek, David Adams, Bert Canaie, Chris Crummett, Tommy Byrne, Tom Conner, Wayde Duncan, Huxley Galbraith, Anthon Higgins, Otto Kennedy, Brian Lacey, Paul Lederman, Jim Lieu, Tony Long, Martin Lopez, Brian Nolan, Paul Sedia, Martha Smith, Jennifer Snopek, Jim Thale, J. W. Womack, Craig Anderson, Mark Brodie, Ed Danko, Andy Finkelstein, Bob Green, Frank Hodnett, Walt Leiding, Randy Levine, Warren Lustic, Tom McEneny, Celia Michaels, Mark Reilly, Bob Reingold, Jerry Siegel, Andy Soto, Joan Turturro, Wendy Wang, Nora Gerard, Paul Fischer, Amy Bernstein, Louise Colon, Ann Goodman, Sarah Morton, Billy Lee, Ned Steinberg, Penelope W. Ashman, Mary Rosenfeld, Virginia Garity, Bill Loftus, Renee Weinstein, Edd Kalehoff, David Seeger, Joan Richman
The nine duPont-Columbia Awards presented over the years to WCCO's investigative reporters are testimony to the ongoing and successful efforts by this medium-market station to make Minneapolis a better place to live. In its role as public watchdog, WCCO this year looked into child protection, mismanagement by the state commissioner of human rights, work-rule abuse by the Department of Public Works and the practice by prosecutors of dismissing assault cases without contacting victims or witnesses. All reports resulted in firings or reforms. The I-Team’s reports are judiciously handled, thoroughly documented and always compelling.
CREDITS: Mike Sullivan, John Lindsay, Al Austin, Steve Eckert, Mary Feidt, Andy Greenspan, Peter Molenda, Dave Bowden, Dave Richards, Kacey Kutzler
This six-part landmark series presented on PBS by WGBH, Boston, documents through archival footage--some never before broadcast--and interviews with participants the struggle to make "liberty and justice for all" a reality for black Americans as well as white. The independent production, in development since 1979 and the realization of a 20-year dream of Henry Hampton, executive producer and president of Blackside, Inc., is moving, dramatic and uplifting in its account of America’s second revolution, a struggle still continuing. Among the most significant broadcasts of recent years, it is an important contribution of American television to the nation’s historical understanding.
CREDITS: Henry Hampton, Sheila Bernard, James A. DeVinney, Madison Davis Lacy, Jr., Louis J. Massiah, Thomas Ott, Sam Pollard, Terry Kay Rockefeller, Jacqueline Shearer, Paul Stekler, Lillian Benson, Betty Ciccarelli, Steve Fayer