January 14, 2010
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NPR NEWS WINS DUPONT-COLUMBIA AWARD
FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM

NPR HONORED FOR "THE YORK PROJECT": SERIES OF CANDID CONVERSATIONS
ON POLITICS AND RACE DURING ELECTION 2008

January 14, 2010; Washington, D.C. NPR News is being honored with a 2010 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast journalism for a series of candid conversations on race and politics broadcast during Election 2008, it was announced today. "The York Project Race and the '08 Vote" explored the difficult intersection of race and politics, and the influence of race on people's lives, through a series of discussions in the central Pennsylvania town moderated by NPR hosts Michele Norris of All Things Considered and Steve Inskeep of Morning Edition. "The York Project" is available at NPR.org.

The candidacy of President Obama brought the issue of race in America to the forefront of the 2008 election. As part of NPR's coverage, Norris and Inskeep traveled to the city of York, PA, to host a series of conversations with a diverse group of area residents about race, in the context of the election, and in their daily lives. Norris and Inskeep spent more than 15 hours with the group over three meetings in September, October and immediately following the election in November, addressing voting preferences and the role of race in public life, as well as voters' own experiences with race. What resulted were conversations remarkable for their candor and, at times, for illustrating enduring prejudices and misconceptions.

Six stories were produced from these discussions and broadcast on All Things Considered and Morning Edition. To accompany the series, NPR.org produced an interactive multimedia feature profiling the York residents who participated in the conversations. The entire "York Project," including personal essays from Norris and Inskeep, is archived online.

The duPont-Columbia Awards will be presented at a ceremony on January 21 at Columbia University in New York. Accepting the awards on behalf of the organization are Michele Norris and Steve Inskeep. Information about all of the winners announced this year is available at: www.dupont.org

The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards honoring overall excellence in broadcast journalism were established in 1942 by Jessie Ball duPont in memory of her late husband. Administered since 1968 by Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, the awards are considered the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, which the Journalism School also administers.