For immediate release
December 17, 2003
Laura Gross, NPR

NPR News Wins 2003 Dupont Award

WASHINGTON-- NPR News was awarded the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award's Silver Baton for its distinguished coverage of the war in Iraq. NPR's coverage was marked by clarity of vision and an excellence in execution. Each day, NPR hosts and correspondents presented a narrative of the war, punctuated by powerful storytelling, leading listeners from an overview of what was happening on the ground to the important stories that were part of that overview, and the strategy behind the action.

The Silver Baton will be awarded to NPR at a ceremony in New York City on Wednesday, January 21, 2003 and will be accepted by Vice President for NPR News Bruce Drake. Michele Norris, host of NPR's All Things Considered will be one of the presenters at the ceremony. This is the 19th time NPR has been recognized with this honor, the nation's most prestigious award in broadcast journalism.

According to the judges, "Between January and June 2003, NPR aired more than 2,600 reports on Iraq - 250 hours of coverage by some of the best reporters in broadcast journalism. Whether embedded or on their own, NPR's team in Iraq and their colleagues in the United States covered all aspects of the war. This is ambitious, dramatic, personal and intelligent coverage that uses the medium in extraordinarily creative ways."

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting provided major funding ($500,000) for NPR's coverage of the war in Iraq.

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, Alfred I. duPont. With his cousins, Mr. duPont transformed their gunpowder company into the chemical company E.I. duPont de Nemours. He later created a separate successful financial institution of his own in Florida and was owner of a chain of small-town, liberal newspapers in Delaware. The duPont Awards, administered since 1968 by Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, are considered the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes, which the Journalism School also administers.

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