A series of investigative reports that broke significant new ground on the issue of concussions and sports

This informative final report in a multi-part investigative series performs a public service by revealing the causes and consequences of a deadly disease affecting an alarming number of athletes. The science behind the disease ALS and its possible connection to sports-related concussions are clearly presented for the first time. Correspondent Bernard Goldberg’s interviews are sensitive and probing, moving the story forward. Goldberg and his team investigate the historical precedent of Lou Gehrig bringing to light new information about concussions he suffered as a baseball player at Columbia University and as a Yankee. The reporting raised awareness for the public, the NFL and Congress about this important health issue.


Bernard Goldberg, correspondent; Joseph Perskie, producer; Andrew Bennett, Zehra Mamdani, co-producers; Nisreen Habbal, production assistant; Brian Derr, Oliver Lief, Andrew Moreale, editors; Nick Dolin, coordinating producer; Kirby Bradley, senior producer; Rick Bernstein, Ross Greenburg, executive producers; Bryant Gumbel, anchor

Original Story: Real Sports website hbo.com/real-sports-with-bryant-gumbel/index.html

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The 2012 duPont-Columbia award winners

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Seven recipients featured international reporting including stories from Al Jazeera English, CBS News, and NBC News. Four local television stations and one local radio station were be honored:…


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The 2012 duPont-Columbia award winners

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Seven recipients featured international reporting including stories from Al Jazeera English, CBS News, and NBC News. Four local television stations and one local radio station were be honored: Detroit Public TV, WFAA-Dallas, WSB-Atlanta, WTVF-Nashville and WNYC. HBO will be honored with two awards.

For the first time, two awards were given for digital reporting: one to The New York Times and one to MediaStorm. In another first, a theatrically released documentary that was not broadcast was selected for a duPont Award, “Hell and Back Again.” A finalist award was given to WNYC’s Radio Rookies.

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