'60 Minutes,' 'Frontline' honored for features

NEW YORK — Secret CIA prisons, Hurricane Katrina and the war in Iraq provided the subject matter that dominated the 27th annual News and Documentary Emmys awarded in Gotham on Monday night.

CBS and PBS came away big winners for the Emmys devoted to nonfiction programming, both nabbing five wins; “60 Minutes” won four Emmys, more than any other single program.

CBS’ “60 Minutes” was honored for features on Neil Armstrong, the earthquake in Pakistan, an expose on CIA prisons and a community of sea gypsies that survived Southeast Asia’s killer tsunami.

PBS was led by “Frontline” with two Emmys for “The Torture Question” and “The Storm.”

CBS and PBS were followed closely by the History Channel, which won four Emmys for specials on the Crusades, the civil rights movement, evolution and the U.S. space program.

Two of the most coveted Emmys — for breaking news and continuing news coverage — went to NBC’s Brian Williams and the late Peter Jennings.

Jennings drew two Emmys for “Iraq: Where Things Stand,” a series he reported just days before announcing to the world he had been diagnosed with lung cancer, while Williams and NBC’s “Nightly News” took the Emmy for its Katrina coverage, “Hurricane Katrina: Moment of Crisis.”

CNN’s Anderson Cooper took the award for longform coverage of breaking news with his story of hunger in Niger, “Starving in Plain Sight.” His show “Anderson Cooper 360″ was honored for coverage of the crisis at Charity Hospital in New Orleans.

ABC News took the nod for investigative journalism for correspondent Brian Ross’ “Money Trail Series,” on the corrupting influence of money on politics.

Other multiple Emmy winners were the National Geographic Channel with three and CNN and NBC with two apiece.

Cinemax took the documentary Emmy for “Born Into Brothels,” about a group of children in Calcutta, India.

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