PBS docu ‘Truth’ wins Gold Baton

Columbia U. awards Moyer-hosted apartheid piece

NEW YORK — A Bill Moyers-hosted two-hour PBS documentary on South Africa’s attempt to come to grips with the traumas of apartheid won the Gold Baton, the most prestigious honor bestowed by the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia U. Awards.

Moyers, one of the executive editors of the documentary “Facing the Truth,” accepted the award at the annual ceremonies Wednesday night at Columbia.

The 12 other winners who collected Silver Batons included:

  • ABC News and Diane Sawyer for a “20/20” report on “The Unwanted Children of Russia,” focusing on the terrible condition of Russian orphanages for handicapped children.

  • CBS News and Bob Simon for a “60 Minutes II” report on “The Shame of Srebrenica,” detailing the murder of 8,000 Muslims by Serbs in 1995.

  • “Frontline” and WGBH-TV Boston for “The Triumph of Evil,” about the massacre of 800,000 Tutsi people by the Hatu majority in Rwanda.

  • CNN and Candy Crowley for coverage of the impeachment and trial of President Clinton.

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