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December 18, 2002
NPR: Laura Gross

NPR News Wins 2002 DuPont Award

WASHINGTON- NPR News was awarded the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award's Silver Baton for its coverage of September 11th and the war in Afghanistan. This is the 18th time NPR has been recognized with this honor, the nation's most prestigious award in broadcast journalism.

From the first moments of live coverage following the attacks on the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, to the fall of Tora Bora in Afghanistan and beyond, NPR News painted startling audio pictures of a changed nation and a changing world. Each story, essay and conversation about the terrorist attacks and their aftermath were designed to give the listener complete, thorough and in-depth information. The Silver Baton will be awarded to NPR at a ceremony in New York City on Wednesday, January 15, 2003 and will be accepted by Vice President for NPR News Bruce Drake and Managing Editor for NPR News Barbara Rehm.

According to the judges, "the depth of NPR's reporting and technical staff is proven in the radio network's coverage of 9/11 and the subsequent war in Afghanistan. From the moment the World Trade Center was first hit, NPR maintained its calm, intelligent perspective with reports that combine fine writing, word paintings, keen observations, natural sound that is gripping and silences that are equally so. NPR has created a new benchmark for international reporting on American radio that is both sophisticated and sustained. Its corps of foreign correspondents has met the challenge of reporting fast-moving developments amid real physical dangers. NPR performs an exceedingly important journalistic role in America."

"During the weeks that followed the attacks of September 11, one of our listeners wrote that she found on NPR the trusted voices of friends who shepherded her through a dark time with intelligent, well-considered stories, interviews and commentary," said Bruce Drake. "That is a good description of the special place in journalism and public service that NPR tries to occupy, and why so many people came to our coverage."

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, renowned for journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, serves a growing audience of nearly 20 million Americans each week via more than 680 public radio stations. NPR Online at brings hourly newscasts, news features, commentaries and live events to Internet users through original online reports, audio streaming and other multimedia elements. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR Worldwide, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network and throughout Japan via cable.