|For immediate release
January 18, 2001
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TWO NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO CO-PRODUCTIONS WIN DUPONT AWARDS
NPR/Minnesota Public Radio Win Gold Baton for American RadioWorks
NPR/National Geographic Win Silver Baton for Radio Expeditions
WASHINGTON- National Public Radio® (NPR®) was awarded two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards in television and radio for 2000, bringing the total duPont Awards won by NPR to almost twenty since 1972. American RadioWorks™, a co-production of Minnesota Public Radio and NPR was recognized with the top prize, a Gold Baton Award, for its documentary, "Massacre at Cuska: Anatomy of a War Crime." The NPR/National Geographic co-production Radio Expeditions was awarded the prestigious Silver Baton Award for its body of work over the last year and its special year-long series, "The Geographic Century." These Awards were presented during an evening ceremony at Columbia University on Wednesday, January 17, 2001.
American RadioWorks reporters Stephen Smith and Michael Montgomery investigated the events surrounding the May 14, 2000 attack on Cuska, an ethnic Albanian village, by Serbian militiamen seeking to rid the area of Kosovo Liberation Army Fighters. The program detailed testimony from Serbian fighters alleging that Slobodan Milosevic's senior generals masterminded a campaign of murder and deportations against Kosovo Albanians, and it documents one episode of mass killing during the Kosovo War. American RadioWorks interviewed 17 Serbian police, army and militia members who conducted deportations and executions in Kosovo. This ARW documentary aired on All Things Considered® from NPR News and was made possible through funding by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
"American Radioworks represents the commitment of NPR and MPR to documentary and investigative journalism," said Bruce Drake, Vice President for NPR News. "There is no better example than Massacre at Cuska where dogged and determined reporting resulted in a story that put faces on a group of Serbian fighters who took part in the brutal ethnic cleansing campaign in Kosovo and made clear that their actions were not the work of rogue militiamen as Yugoslav authorities claimed."
Radio Expeditions seeks to do with sound what National Geographic Magazine is so justly famous for doing with photography - to illuminate, inform, sometimes dazzle, and always tell stories that better explain our world. Inspired by the standards of National Geographic, the Radio Expeditions production team uses the sound medium to produce sparkling features in digital stereo - from the forests of Guatemala to the North Pole, and from the world of tiny, tree-dwelling insects to the remote depths of the Black Sea. Additionally, the Radio Expeditions special series, "The Geographic Century," profiled 20th century exploration and discovery and the defining moments of greatness reprising thrilling moments of human daring, achievement and sometimes tragedy, as bold men and women filled the last blank spaces on the world's maps. Programs contain original reporting by NPR correspondents, including host Alex Chadwick, producers and sound engineers, in conjunction with National Geographic Society writers and photographers. Radio Expeditions can be heard on Morning Edition® with Bob Edwards and is made possible through the generous support of the W. Alton Jones Foundation and the Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation. The special series "The Geographic Century" was made possible through the generous support of Lands' End, Inc.
"Radio Expeditions was an extraordinary forty-three part series that took listeners out of their commute, or living room, and carried them into the middle of an intriguing scientific field-expedition," said Bruce Drake, Vice President for NPR News. "All involved in the production of the series were keenly aware that they had been given a unique opportunity to tell these stories to millions of listeners in the memorable fashion that marks the best work of both NPR and the National Geographic Society."
The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards are presented annually for overall excellence in broadcast journalism and are widely regarded as the most prestigious awards in broadcast journalism. The Awards, now in the form of Gold and Silver Batons, have been awarded annually since 1942 for overall excellence in broadcast journalism. NPR has won over 15 duPont-Columbia Awards since 1972.
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