Two decades of distinguished reporting that changed the nature of television news have earned "60 Minutes" a place of honor in the annals of broadcast journalism. This path-breaking program did more than just establish the news magazine format for television. In its 20-year existence it has given more time in prime time to investigative pieces, features, fascinating profiles and historic interviews than any other program in the history of television news, all made especially memorable by the distinctive styles of its correspondents over the years --Ed Bradley, Dan Rather, Harry Reasoner, Andy Rooney, Morley Safer, Diane Sawyer and Mike Wallace.
CREDITS: Dan Rather, Tom Bettag, Anthony Mason, Betsy Aaron, Tom Fenton, Peter Van Sant, Suzanne Allen, Mike Gavshon, Wayne Nelson, Tom Anderson, Joe Halderman, Peter Schweitzer, Jon Meyersohn
This five-part series is outstanding in its breadth of research and detail on the sources of acid rain, particularly in the Midwest, and the impact of that pollution on New England. Using extremely effective pictures and natural sound, the series points out the economic impact of cleaning up industrial pollution. The series examines competing political and economic interests, scientific explanations, and the effect on Vermont’s ecology, and leaves the dilemma of acid rain awaiting resolution by Congress.
CREDITS: Marselis Parsons, Steve Larose, Andrew Goodrich
Even before the presidential primaries, KING-TV recognized the importance of examining the characters of the 13 major candidates and resourcefully formed a team of seven local stations around the nation to produce revealing portraits of each candidate. KING-TV orchestrated the series and produced biographies of Richard Gebhardt, Robert Dole, Paul Simon and Pierre duPont, as well as the opening and closing pieces for the series. "Looking for Lincoln" is outstanding for the biographical detail it provides and for the teamwork of the seven stations that transcended different network affiliations in pursuit of the story.
CREDITS: Don Varyu, John Wilson, Charlotte Raynor, Bob Simmons, George Snyder, Andy Beers, Mark Anderson, Jerry Hickey, Bill Feinstein, David Williams
It took producer-reporter David Ropeik nearly three years to find a judge, lawyers, defendant and jury willing to let him follow a trial through the eyes and experiences of the sequestered jurors. The result is a stunning and touching hour-long portrait of citizenship, full of mundane acts and emotional tugs as the jurors give up their ordinary lives to consider the evidence and reach a verdict. In this journalistic achievement the story is in the lives of duty-bond Americans, not in the crime.
CREDITS: David Ropeik, Jayne Raphael, Jim O'Callaghan, Zip Bradwell, Alice Daly, Warren Doolin, Robin Fogden, Bob Wilson, Alan Anderson, Steve Colvin, Toby Smith, Bruce Drucker, Mary Driscoll, George Nahas, Stuart J. Rotman, John Mitchell, Charles Kravetz, Emily Rooney, Philip S. Balboni
Erin Haynes consistently demonstrates her ability to tackle stories other journalists shy away from. She took sewage overflows in Nashville seriously, tracing runoffs throughout the region and explaining to her audience both the political and the environmental consequences. In another effort, with an understated style unusual in investigative reporting, she looked into restaurant inspections, and the lack thereof, and raised consumer consciousness as well as governmental response.