ABC, CBS Iraq b'casts hailed

NEW YORK — PBS’ “Frontline” investigative doc series swept Columbia U.’s Alfred E. duPont Awards for broadcast journalism, while news divisions at ABC, CBS and NPR were honored for their Iraqi war coverage.

Awards, announced late Sunday, will be presented during a ceremony Jan. 21 in Gotham.

The 13 Silver Batons for excellence in television and radio journalism went to the following:

  • ABC anchor “Nightline” Ted Koppel for “Tip of the Spear,” detailing his experience of being embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq.

  • CBS News’ Pentagon correspondent David Martin and producer Mary Walsh for their national security coverage as the country headed into war.

  • NPR for more than 2,600 radio reports on the Iraqi war.

  • HBO and Maysles Films for “LaLee’s Kin: The Legacy of Cotton,” a 90-minute doc examining the relationship between poverty and education.

  • “Frontline” for “A Dangerous Business,” an investigation of accidents at foundries owned by McWane. The New York Times and Canadian Broadcasting Co. collaborated with “Frontline” on the piece.

  • “Frontline” for a three-hour series examining the problems in the U.S. child welfare system — “Failure to Protect: The Taking of Logan Marr,” “The Caseworker Files” and “A National Dialogue.”

  • “Frontline” for “Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero,” a two-hour doc examining the impact of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on spirituality.

  • “P.O.V.,” Whitney Dow and Marco Williams, for “Two Towns of Jasper,” a 90-minute doc on race in America airing on PBS.

  • Local TV stations receiving Batons included KBCI Boise, Idaho, for coverage of a shakeup at city hall; KHOU Houston for “Evidence of Errors”; KMGH Denver for coverage of the rape scandal at the Air Force Academy; WESH Orlando, Fla., for coverage of the Columbia space shuttle disaster; and WTVF Nashville for “Friends in High Places.”
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