Hosted by ABC News Anchor George Stephanopoulos, NBC News National Correspondent Kate Snow and Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll, the 2014 Alfred I duPont-Columbia University Awards honored 14 broadcast, digital and documentary reports for outstanding journalism in the public service. Honorees included CBS News for Newtown coverage, NBC News for the breaking news reporting on Moore, OK and the Center for Investigative Reporting.
In this short film, Alabama barber and civil rights veteran James Armstrong experienced the fulfillment of an unimaginable dream: the election of the first African American president. Armstrong, who went to jail and risked his life to fight for civil rights in the 1960’s, was one of many average citizens who became “foot soldiers” for the cause in the South. The directors wove historical events through Armstrong’s journey with humor and poignancy, telling the larger narrative of the civil rights movement through his life. The film’s visuals are beautifully composed. Audiences get a fresh perspective on the fight for civil rights through this intimate and genuine story.
Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday, directors; Gail Dolgin, Robin Fryday and Judith Helfand, producers; Chicken and Egg Pictures: executive producer; Jacob Steingroot and Kim Roberts, editors; POV: Simon Kilmurry, executive producer; Cynthia López, co-executive producer; Chris White, vice president of programming and production; Yance Ford, series producer; Andrew Catauro, coordinating producer.
Sober and professional breaking news coverage of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
From the morning of the shootings and in the painful days that followed, CBS News covered the mass shooting in Newtown with professionalism and integrity. Reporting across the network’s programs consistently gave viewers context, and explored many dimensions of the tragedy including the popularity of the AR 15 rifle used in the shootings and its place in America’s gun culture, and the inner most thoughts of the grieving families. The political battle over gun control in Washington and an exclusive interview with Mayor Mike Bloomberg were also featured in their coverage. CBS News was unflinching in showing the "fog of war" reporting in the first confusing hours, and Scott Pelley’s conversation on “60 Minutes” with seven of the families that lost children was remarkable for its courage and candor.
Scott Pelley, Bob Schieffer, Charles Osgood, Charlie Rose, Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell, John Miller, Bob Orr, Wyatt Andrews, Jim Axelrod, Nancy Cordes, Seth Doane, Major Garrett, Steve Hartman, Rebecca Jarvis, Anthony Mason, Michelle Miller, Erin Moriarty, Elaine Quijano, Chip Reid, Richard Schlesinger, Martha Teichner, Ben Tracy, Lou Young, anchors and correspondents; Al Briganti, Bill Owens, executive editors; Mary Hager, Chris Licht, Rand Morrison, Michael Rosen, Jennifer Siebens, Patricia Shevlin, Susan Zirinsky, executive producers; Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews, vice president of news, David Rhodes, president of CBS News; Jeff Fager, chairman, CBS News and executive producer, 60 Minutes.