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A multimedia project has won one of the top awards at the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards for broadcast journalism, the first time that has ever happened.
Other winners, which were announced Wednesday, include ABC News, CBS News and the National Public Radio. Several winners were noted for their investigative work.
Bottoming Out: Gambling Addiction in Las Vegas from the Las Vegas Sun newspaper included a video diary, internet chat and an interactive aspect to it that centered on slot machines that ran with text.
The project was one of 13 winners, which recognize excellence in broadcast journalism. ABC News’ 20/20 won for an investigation into sexual misconduct about swim coaches. CBS News’ 60 Minutes was victorious for a two-part report that delved into the Deepwater Horizon explosion and what casused it. NPR was recognized for a three-part series that investigated the bail bonding system and its conflicts.
The awards were established in 1942 by Jessie Ball duPoint in her husband’s memory, and is supported by Columbia University. The awards cover July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010.
The ceremony will take place Jan. 20 at Columbia’s Low Memorial Library.
Below is the list of the other winners:
— BBC America for a report on BBC World News America that covered the earthquake in Haiti and its aftermath.
— KCET in Los Angeles for three stories that looked at how local, state and federal officials were not doing their jobs.
— KING-TV in Seattle and reporter Susannah Frame, for an investigation into waste and misused money in the Seattle ferry system.
— 9News/KUSA-TV in Denver for a six-month investigation into frauds that affected people facing foreclosure as well as people looking to rent.
— POV and director/producer Geoffrey Smith for a documentary on a British surgeon and his Ukrainian protege that explored issues of health care access and resources.
— West Virginia Public Broadcasting and reporter/producer Trey Kay, for a radio documentary that looked at a 1974 debate over multiculturalism and textbooks which has repercussions in today’s politics.
— WGBH, Frontline and reporter/videographer Najibullah Quraishi for reporting about Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.
— WKOW-TV in Madison, Wis., and reporter/producer Dan Cassuto for an eight-month investigation into the state’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.
— WTHR-TV of Indianopolis and reporter/producer Bob Segall for a report on state officials inflating job statistics.
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