NBC New York Receives Prestigious DuPont Award for COVID-19 Pandemic Protection – NBC New York
NBC 4 New York / WNBC was recognized Tuesday with the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for its continued coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and its extreme effects on the three-state state.
NBC New York was seen as the broadcast equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize and received the duPont Award for its coverage entitled “The Epicenter of the Coronavirus Pandemic”. The extensive six-month collection of breaking news, features, and memorial stories recorded the rapid development of COVID-19 as it escalated from public health threats to full-blown generational health crises in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
“Handling the evolution of the coronavirus outbreak has been one of the greatest challenges our newsroom has ever faced. Because our journalists came to work every day, they also looked personally into the impact the virus had on their families, ”said Amy Morris, NBC 4 New York vice president of news. “Every member of our news team has played a crucial role. Our mission was to keep our viewers informed and also find some moments along the way to share incredible stories of hope. It’s a story that continues to touch us all deeply, which makes this duPont incredibly special for all of us at WNBC. ”
The months of continuous reporting detailed key decisions that impacted daily life and provided insights into issues such as school closings, neighborhood closures and restrictions for many small businesses such as bars and restaurants. The investigation reports have brought to light the shortage of PPE for first responders and frontline workers, black market attempts to capitalize on the shortage and delays in burial of morgues and funeral directors. Community-related features like “Grateful 4 You” have highlighted the unsung heroes in our communities and given viewers hope during a difficult time.
The I-Team was the first to bring the rare, fatal condition in children called MIS-C (Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome) to the public before health officials became aware of it and then took government action.
The award committee specifically recognized the station for “creating a real-time, 360-degree view of the coronavirus pandemic and courageously and thoroughly reporting on the virus explosion in New York City.” David Ushery, a member of the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame, who anchors the nightly broadcasts at 4:00 pm and 11:00 pm, accepted the prestigious “Silver Baton” on behalf of the broadcaster in a virtual ceremony Tuesday evening.
“During the pandemic, WNBC viewers turned to local news in record numbers. Our news team was there throughout the period, providing vital – and sometimes life-saving, information,” said Eric Lerner, President and General Manager of Columbia University is fantastic. Our team deserves and deserves it. “
The next award goes to @wnbc for their coverage of New York City when it was the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. @ DavidUshery4NY accepts the award but notes that even a year later, New York City is still struggling to control the spread of COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/zgnGIt0yMC
– Columbia Journalism (@columbiajourn) February 10, 2021
WNBC was one of 15 winners recognized for their excellent coverage in the public interest. NBC News Digital was also recognized for its online documentary, Another Kind of Violence – Mental Illness Monitoring, which described the strained relationship between law enforcement and the mentally ill.
It is the first time WNBC has received the ultimate broadcasting award in its history, and the second award the station has received in the past four months. In October, the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) recognized WNBC with a national Edward R. Murrow Award for top television news broadcast.