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PBS PROGRAMS DOMINATE DUPONT-COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY AWARDS

Gold Baton, 3 Silver Batons; More Than Any Other National TV Organization

NEW YORK, January 21, 1999 -- The PBS science series NOVA won the Gold Baton, broadcast journalism's highest honor, at the 57th Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards ceremony last night at Columbia University. This marks the second consecutive year that a PBS program has achieved this high honor. Three PBS programs were honored with Silver Batons, bringing the total number of awards to four - more than any other national television organization. NOVA, now in its 25th season on PBS, is produced by WGBH Boston, as is last year's Gold Baton winner, FRONTLINE.

  In presenting the Gold Baton to NOVA Executive Producer Paula Apsell, Columbia University President George Rupp said, "The gold this year goes to NOVA, the series that brings us elegant photography, thorough research, often suspense, and always good reporting - to teach us about our world."

Three Silver Batons were awarded to PBS producers and programs for "Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary" (from the P.O.V. series), STRUGGLES IN STEEL: A STORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN STEELWORKERS and TAKEN IN: THE LIVES OF AMERICA'S FOSTER CHILDREN.

The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards in television and radio journalism were established in 1942 by the late Jessie Ball duPont in memory of her husband Alfred I. duPont. The awards recognize programs aired from July 1, 1997 to June 30, 1998.

THE COMPLETE LIST OF PBS WINNERS, with jurors' comments

GOLD BATON

SILVER BATONS

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