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WFOR-TV's 'The Everglades: Where Politics, Money and Race Collide' Wins Prestigious DuPont-Columbia Award

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – WFOR TV's 'The Everglades: Where Politics, Money and Race Collide' is among the winners of the 2019 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards for outstanding audiovisual reporting in the public interest, the Columbia Journalism School announced Tuesday.

'The Everglades: Where Politics, Money and Race Collide' is an engaging and thought-provoking documentary that seamlessly explores the deeper environmental, political and social roots of Florida's contaminated Everglades.

The team involved in the documentary includes Jim DeFede, Reporter/Writer/Producer; Cari Hernandez Executive Producer; Tony Jerez, Photojournalist/Video Editor; Alex Bombard, Special Projects Editor, David Agudelo, Photojournalist; Mitch Cuba, Photojournalist; Angie Travieso, Project Designer; Joaquin Garcia, Photojournalist; Judy Flook, Design Director; Arturo Wong, Graphics; Liz Roldan, News Director; Adam Levy, Vice President & General Manager.


"What began as an examination of a local water crisis evolved into an ambitious documentary about the complex, rich story of The Everglades, Florida's beloved river of grass," said WFOR News Director Liz Roldan. "This innovative work was a year in the making, led with dogged determination by Jim DeFede and Cari Hernandez along with a team of incredibly dedicated CBS Miami journalists. It is our honor to have been chosen as a recipient of the 2019 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award honoring journalistic excellence."

Sixteen winners were named Tuesday.

The trophies will be handed out at a ceremony at Low Memorial Library of Columbia University in New York on Jan. 22, 2019 at a ceremony hosted by CBS News 60 Minutes Correspondent Lesley Stahl and NPR's Ailsa Chang, host of All Things Considered.

Twelve of this year's duPont Batons will be awarded to reporting teams led by women.

The 2019 winners also highlight the growth in newsroom partnerships that pool resources and skills to deliver impactful news stories.


duPont-Columbia Awards 2019 Announced by Columbia Journalism School on YouTube

Here is the complete list of winners:

CBS Miami (WFOR)
The Everglades: Where Politics, Money and Race Collide
A thought provoking documentary about Florida's water crises.

CBS News 60 Minutes / The Washington Post
The Whistleblower & Too Big to Prosecute
In this joint investigative series, 60 Minutes and The Washington Post exposed a war within the DEA over the pharmaceutical industry's role in the opioid epidemic.

CNN Films
The first theatrical documentary to present a comprehensive and intimate portrait of a sitting Supreme Court Justice, RBG is an engrossing, entertaining lesson in women's rights and constitutional law.

CNN International & Nima Elbagir
Human Rights Abuses Reporting
Elbagir's fearless reporting across Africa, from a modern day slave market in Libya, to child labor in Congo and a smuggler's network in Nigeria, documented rarely seen exploitation and corruption.

EPIX, Gidalya Pictures & Blumhouse
This Is Home: A Refugee Story
This feature-length documentary gave unique insight into the mechanics and challenges of refugee assimilation, with extraordinary depth and detail, to capture what it is to be a refugee.

Florentine Films & WETA
The Vietnam War
The Vietnam War is a major achievement in documentary storytelling; a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series ten years in the making, that viscerally brought the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed to life. 

Gold Baton:
A standard-bearer and innovator, this year FRONTLINE produced an exceptional lineup of outstanding programs that illustrated how well it both champions traditional documentaries while also forging ahead with cutting edge, adaptive content, as exemplified by these programs:

Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia
Life on Parole
Living with Murder
Myanmar's Killing Fields
Putin's Revenge
The Gang Crackdown
The Last Generation

I Am Evidence
Focusing on three American cities grappling with tens of thousands of untested rape kits, this compelling and disturbing feature-length documentary detailed the experiences of four victims caught up in a fundamentally flawed criminal justice system. 

NBC Bay Area KNTV Investigative Unit
Drivers Under Siege

The hard-hitting local investigative series provided shocking testimony about the increase in violent attacks on Bay Area bus drivers, which brought the problem to light and ultimately helped address it. 

Reveal | PRX | PBS NewsHour | Associated Press
Kept Out
This painstakingly researched exposé on modern day "redlining"- denying mortgages and home loans to people of color - analyzed over 30 million records to provide a meticulous, multi-platform indictment of today's banking system.  

RMPBS Insight with John Ferrugia
"Imminent Danger"
With remarkable access to the families of mentally disturbed killers, Rocky Mountain PBS took an informative deep dive into Colorado's "Imminent Danger" rule that critics argue does not allow enough early intervention, especially for the mentally ill who own guns. 

RYOT & Red Reel
On Her Shoulders
The artfully shot and edited documentary film chronicled a war crimes survivor's story, using dense narrative layers to give context to an underreported international human rights crisis -ISIS's persecution of the Yazidi people. 

This American Life
Our Town
An engaging portrait of one Alabama town that has absorbed a decades-long surge in
immigrant workers, this two-part radio program busted myths and offered important lessons for the rest of the country. 

Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice
With gripping personal stories and tense intimate scenes, this nine-episode podcast revealed a web-like juvenile justice system and explored its devastating long term effects on young people. 

WNYC & ProPublica
Trump, Inc.
Throughout the first season of this collaborative reporting podcast, a team of investigative reporters expertly tackled the business relations between the Trump administration, the Trump family, the Trump business and the rest of the world.

WTSP & The Tampa Bay Times
Zombie Campaigns
The investigative partnership between WTSP and The Tampa Bay Times combined
computer-assisted reporting with clever storytelling to expose loopholes in federal campaign laws that allowed politicians to continue using campaign funds long after they leave office, or even die.

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