This 90-minute documentary reconstructs the incidents surrounding the death of a young Chinese engineering student who was clubbed to death with a baseball bat by a white auto worker. Whether Vincent Chin was the victim of racism and the troubled economy of Detroit or simply the victim of a barroom brawl is unraveled through eyewitnesses, friends and participants in the trials that followed. The story is reported with skill and suspense and raises broader questions for society about justice and tolerance. It premiered the second season of "P.O.V.," the PBS showcase for independent productions.
Marc N. Weiss, David M. Davis, Cathryn Garland, Ellen Levine, Yvonne Smith, Roger L. Downey, Roberta Lynn Tross, James Klein, Marc Levin, Karen Sanderson, Janet Young, Carl Bernzweig, Mary Donnelly, Emilie Borg, Cindy Gould, Brooke Palmer, Dan Rutter, Margot Adler, Wendy Blackstone
Nine feature segments for the "Evening News" reveal powerful human stories behind the news of the fall of Communist governments. The correspondents were Dan Rather, Tom Fenton, Anthony Mason, Betsy Aaron and Peter Van Sant, reporting from Czechoslovakia, Romania, Latvia, Germany, and along the Hungarian border with Austria. Several reports reveal social problems previously unreported in the West, especially on industrial and chemical pollution. The segments show with great sensitivity how policies affect people --women, children and refugees-- and the environment.
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 one-hour investigative report details the return of the Khmer Rouge rebels, a murderous anti-Communist force to Cambodia. Peter Jennings reports from the bases of rebels and resistance fighters and examines the extent of American support behind the resurgence of the Khmer Rouge. In a revealing interview with Cambodia’s Prince Norodom Sihanouk, America’s enemy during the Vietnam War, Jenning’s points out the ironies that have turned Sihanouk into America’s ally in spite of his ties to the rebels. This broadcast stands out for its tough reporting in dangerous circumstances about the continuing impact of the Vietnam War on Cambodia and on American policy.
Leslie Cockburn, Peter Jennings, Tom Yellin, Bonnie Cutler, David Ewing, Manny Alvarez, George Bouza, Carole DiFalco, Praisit Sangrungfrueng, Bob Peterson, Jeffrey Johnson, Satharn Pairoah, Andrea Blaugrund, Maurie Perl, Barbara Fedida, Stanley Spiro, Susan Pomerantz, Frank Sveva, Kevin O'Hare, Barbara Serlock, Jack Baierlein, Michael S. Smith, David Seeger, Tom Yellin
When Hurricane Hugo headed toward the coast of South Carolina in September, 1989, WCBD-TV made an extraordinary effort to cover all facets of the situation. With careful preplanning, the team evacuated its downtown studio and moved to an emergency site at its transmitter. The station reported the emergency with exceptional restraint, sensitivity and professionalism.
Mark D. Pimental, Sue Stephens, Anne Gardner, Harve Jacobs, Melissa Talman, Bill Evans
Dick Feagler practices the all-but-extinct art of regular commentary on a local station with incisive and witty personal essays on local, national and international issues. Among Feagler’s subjects are Congressional pay raises, the invasion of Panama and baseball. WKYC-TV stands out among local stations for its commitment to regular commentary four nights a week on the station’s late night news program.