January 16, 2007
Emily Lenzner, Leah Yoon



Washington, DC; January 16, 2007 – NPR News has been chosen for a 2007 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for its coverage of Iraq, the organization has announced.

Thirty NPR journalists were named for the prestigious award, recognizing excellence in broadcast journalism. It represents NPR’s 21st duPont-Columbia “Silver Baton” and the second for its coverage of Iraq, previously awarded in 2004.

NPR was chosen from among 526 entries. In explaining its selection of NPR’s Iraq coverage, the duPont-Columbia jury noted: “Despite the difficulties of access and security, NPR’s team of reporters, technicians, editors and their brave Iraqi colleagues managed to find people and situations that illuminate the conflict. Each story is a mini-documentary rich with characters, scene-setting, nuanced writing and strong production. These pieces stand out amid the blur of other daily war coverage.”

The awards will be presented at a ceremony on January 17 at Columbia University in New York. NPR News Senior Foreign Correspondent Anne Garrels will accept on behalf of the organization. Scott Simon, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday is a co-host of the ceremony.

“NPR journalists have provided powerful, personal storytelling capturing the tragedy of war and the struggle of the human spirit, and have done so while risking their lives every day. The work of the outstanding NPR team, which includes both Americans and Iraqis, has been consistently outstanding and we thank the duPont-Columbia jury for recognizing their remarkable achievement,” said Ken Stern, Chief Executive Officer, NPR.

The NPR journalists being honored with the Award are: correspondents Deb Amos, Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, Anne Garrels, Michele Kelemen, Peter Kenyon, Philip Reeves, Mike Shuster, Jamie Tarabay, Ivan Watson, Eric Westervelt, and Steve Inskeep; producers Tom Bullock, Dianna Douglas, Neal Carruth, JJ Sutherland, Jim Wallace, and Robert Duncan; Mideast editor Doug Roberts; senior foreign editor Loren Jenkins; Managing Editor Barbara Rehm, and NPR Baghdad bureau staff Isra Rubaie, Abdulla Mizead, Kais Jalele, Saleem Amer, Sa'ad Qasm, Vahram Epikan, Ahmed Hashim, Ahmed Qusay, Abu Ali Salman Daoud and Abu Hider Abdul Qatar Ahmed.

NPR’s coverage of Iraq – hundreds of reports and interviews during the duPont-Columbia judging period of July 1, 2005-June 30, 2006 – is the cornerstone of the news organization’s extensive commitment to foreign reporting. NPR’s 18th foreign bureau opened last month in Kabul, Afghanistan, and more than 10 bureaus were added during the recently-concluded multi-year expansion of NPR News; they include Dakar, Cairo, Nairobi, Shanghai, Istanbul and Hanoi. NPR also has 19 domestic bureaus, including a permanent one in New Orleans that opened immediately following Hurricane Katrina.

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.