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For immediate release
December 31, 2001
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NPRŽ News Wins 2002 DuPont Award

WASHINGTON, DC - The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton for excellence in broadcast journalism has been awarded to Peter Overby, NPR's money, power & influence correspondent, for campaign finance coverage. The reporting honored by this award aired between July 2000 - June 2001. This is the 17th time a NPR production has won this prestigious broadcast honor.

According to the award citation, "Peter Overby's prolific reporting on campaign finance for NPR has set the bar for stories about money, power and political influence. Often he reports on the micro-level of campaign money, tracking the stakes in a judicial race in Ohio, for example. At other times, he follows the flow of soft money into both the Republican and Democratic parties for issue advertising, proving that loopholes in campaign finance regulations have grown in proportion to the coffers of corporate interests."

The Silver Baton will be awarded to Overby, Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving, Political Editor Ken Rudin, Washington Editor Barbara Campbell, and Correspondent Ina Jaffe at a ceremony in New York City on Wednesday, January 16, 2002. The ceremony will also recognize WNYC Radio, the NPR member station in New York City for its series The Edison Schools Vote, and 11 other winners in commercial and public radio and television.

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.

The power, money and influence beat was created in 1994 by then-Managing Editor Bruce Drake, who is now NPR's Vice President of News. This beat was launched through generous grants from the Florence and John Schumann Foundation and the Joyce Foundation. Additional support was provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.