WBZ-TV Wins 2014 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award

  • 18 Dec 2013 2:08 PM
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    WBZ-TV Wins duPont-Columbia Award for “Exceptional” Breaking News Coverage

    BOSTON, MA – December 18, 2013 -  CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV News has won a 2014 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for “exceptional live coverage of a major breaking news story over the course of five days” for coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings.  Fourteen winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards were announced today by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism (release attached).  In awards material, WBZ-TV’s winning coverage is described as follows: 


    “WBZ-TV’s coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings was television journalism at its very best – informative, level headed in a time of crisis, and visually arresting. The station was broadcasting live coverage of the Boston Marathon when the two bombs went off, just seconds apart on April 15, 2013. From its very first report of the explosions, this coverage was fact-filled and measured. WBZ-TV dedicated considerable resources to the reporting. After the bombings, the killers were at large and people were afraid. In the face of that concern, the anchors and reporters stayed calm. They kept their viewers up-to-date on fast-moving events. Through all the dramatic events, reporters dug deep to find sources and information not being released by government officials.”


    “I am extremely proud of our entire team for their efforts in covering The Boston Marathon race, the horrific bombings that shook our great city, and the subsequent efforts in capturing the Marathon bombers,” said Mark Lund, President and General Manager of CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV and WSBK-TV when congratulating the staff.  “It is in critical times like these, when the public turns in mass to local media, that we continually demonstrate the true value WBZ-TV news provides to the community.  To have WBZ-TV recognized with a duPont-Columbia Award is a true honor and a testament to the professionalism of our organization.”


    The awards will be given out at a ceremony on Tuesday, January 21 at Columbia University. 

    Press release:   http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/news/897

    Winners:          http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/page/1040-2014-winners/874


    Boston’s WBZ-TV and sister-station myTV38 (WSBK-TV) are part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation.  For more, go to www.cbsboston.comlike us on Facebook at CBS Boston and follow us on Twitter @CBSBoston.

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