A Bill Moyers documentary on the aftermath of apartheid in South Africa won the highest honor today at the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards for broadcast journalism.
"Facing the Truth With Bill Moyers," produced for Public Affairs Television, earned a Gold Baton for its unflinching examination of South Africa's violent history.
"Much of the violence on television is gratuitous," said Columbia University President George Rupp. "But sometimes it is key to the story, so that we can prepare ourselves for the years ahead."
The awards presentation will be televised Thursday on PBS.
The jury also awarded 12 Silver Batons for excellence in television and radio journalism in 1998-99 to:
* ABC News's "20/20" and Diane Sawyer for "The Unwanted Children of Russia," about the neglect and abuse of orphans in that country.
* CBS News's "60 Minutes II" and Bob Simon for "The Shame of Srebrenica," a report on the 1995 massacre of Muslims by Serbs in Bosnia.
* WGBH-TV in Boston and "Frontline" for "The Triumph of Evil," a documentary on the 1994 massacre of 800,000 Tutsis in Rwanda.
* CNN and correspondent Candy Crowley for her coverage of the impeachment and trial of President Clinton.
* New England Cable News in Newton, Mass., for a series of in-depth reports on breast cancer, AIDS and mandatory sentencing of criminals.
* KTVX-TV in Salt Lake City and correspondent Chris Vanocur for investigative reports on the Olympic bribery scandal.
* WTHR-TV in Indianapolis for "Guarding the Guardians," an investigative series into alleged abuses by the court-appointed guardians of elderly pharmaceutical heiress Ruth Lilly.
* WMTW-TV in Auburn, Maine, and Christine Young for investigative reports on the Christian Civic League, a conservative lobbying group.
* Youth Radio of Berkeley, Calif., for "E-Mails From Kosovo," aired on National Public Radio.
* SoundVision Productions of Berkeley for "The DNA Files," a nine-hour radio series on genetic science.
* "P.O.V." and filmmaker Walter Brock for "If I Can't Do It," a documentary on a severely disabled yet fiercely independent man.
* Producer Stanley Nelson for the documentary "The Black Press: Soldier Without Swords."