Six Silver Batons for pubcasters

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NPR News won three of the 13 duPont-Columbia awards announced today by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Silver Batons recognizing excellence in broadcast journalism went to: All Things Considered for its coverage of the earthquake that devastated China’s Sichuan Province in May 2008; “Sexual Abuse of Native American Women” by Laura Sullivan, a two-part report that aired on ATC in July 2007; and “Giant Pool of Money,” a one-hour documentary on the subprime mortgage crisis that This American Life produced in collaboration with NPR News. PBS’s duPont winners are “Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story“, a documentary presented on Independent Lens, and “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?,” a four-hour series on racial and economic disparities in health care by California Newsreel and Vital Pictures. In addition, Oregon Public Broadcasting won for The Silent Invasion, a local documentary on environmental threats posed by invasive plants and insects.