IRE is proud to congratulate several IRE members who were honored with 2016 duPont-Columbia Awards. Their hard work and dedication to good investigative journalism helps keep the public informed and educated on important topics that affect their communities. 

Jacquee Petchel, Mark Lodato, Erin Patrick O’Connor, Jessica Boehm and Dominick DiFurio and the team at Cronkite News | Arizona PBS for “Hooked: Tracking Heroin’s Hold on Arizona.” More than 70 students and eight faculty members participated in this innovative project that chronicled addicts struggling to maintain sobriety, as well as law enforcement’s struggle to tamp down the growing epidemic of young abusers.

Josh Fine along with colleagues at HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel for “The Price of Glory.” Spanning four years of research, four continents, and scores of interviews, this extensive investigation into Qatar’s plan to achieve international recognition through sport exposed the price it has exacted in fair play, human rights, and even human lives.

Craig Cheatham along with colleagues at KMOV-TV in St. Louis for “The Injustice System: Cops, Courts and Greedy Politicians.” In the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown and the ensuing crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, KMOV found a system driven by profit with mandated quotas directing police officers to write tickets and small municipal courts making money off of speed traps and fines.

Noah Veltman, John Keefe and the team at WNYC for “NYPD Bruised.” In the immediate aftermath of the chokehold death of Eric Garner on Staten Island, WNYC embarked on a months-long exploration that went far beyond routine coverage of the NYPD’s use of force. 

Kelly Hinchcliffe and colleagues at WRAL-TV in Raleigh for “Journey Alone.” An excellent example of local reporting, WRAL reporters traveled from North Carolina to the Rio Grande Valley, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors illegally crossed the border from Mexico into the US. The team traced the children’s journey to find out how they got there, what kind of care they received and how the crisis is impacting North Carolina. 

Learn more about the awards and winners on the Columbia Journalism School’s website.