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Columbia University School of Journalism Honors NPR

January 29, 1993 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ National Public Radio won top honors Thursday at the annual Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards in broadcast journalism.

In awarding NPR the Gold Baton for continuing excellence in news and public affairs, jurors praised the network for transforming radio news ″with the depth, creativity, diversity and worldwide range of its reporting.″

The jurors also awarded 14 Silver Batons for excellence in television journalism and service to broadcasting.

Columbia University President Michael I. Sovern presented the award to NPR, whose programs include ″Morning Edition,″ ″All Things Considered″ and ″Weekend Edition.″

He praised the network’s coverage of the Los Angeles riots following the Rodney King verdict and the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sovern also cited ″Voices from the Backstairs,″ a reminiscence of behind- the-scenes life at the White House, and the ″American Folklife″ series as examples of NPR’s creative programming.

The 50th annual presentation of the awards, held in Columbia University’s Low Memorial Library, was broadcast nationwide over stations of the Public Broadcasting Service. Last year’s Gold Baton winner, Bill Moyers, was the host.

The awards have been administered by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism since 1968. This year’s winners were selected from more than 500 submissions that aired between July 1, 1991, and June 30, 1992.

A seven-member panel of journalists selected the winners.

Silver Baton awards in the Network Television category went to:

-″Nightline″ and ABC News for coverage of the Los Angeles riots.

-KERA-TV, Dallas, and David Grubin Productions for ″The American Experience: LBJ″ on PBS.

-CBS News for ″60 Minutes: Made in China.″

-″Frontline″ and Carole Langer for ″Who Killed Adam Mann?″ on PBS.

In the Independent Television Production category, an award went to Mark Kitchell and ″P.O.V.″ for ″Berkeley in the Sixties″ on PBS.

In the Major Market Television category, awards went to:

-KTTV, Los Angeles, for ″Cops on Trial: The Rodney King Case.″

-WCVB-TV, Boston, for ″Chronicle″ and environmental reporting.

In the Medium Market Television category, awards went to:

-KCNC-TV, Denver, for ″Erin’s Life.″

-WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, Ohio, for ″Made in the USA?″

-KSTP-TV, St. Paul, Minn., for ″Who’s Watching the Store?″

In the small market television category, an award went to Louisiana Public Broadcasting and The Center for New American Media for ″Louisiana Boys.″

In the cable category, awards went to:

-Lucky Duck Productions and Nickelodeon for ″Nick News W-5.″

-HBO for ″Abortion: Desperate Choices.″

An award also was presented to Bill Leonard, director of the awards, which were established in 1942 by the late Jessie Ball duPont in memory of her husband, Alfred I. duPont.