WNYC has been honored with two duPont-Columbia Awards for its Trump, Inc. and Caught podcasts. Select winners of the 77th annual duPont-Columbia Awards were announced Tuesday by Columbia Journalism School.
Co-hosted by WNYC’s Andrea Bernstein and Ilya Marritz, Trump, Inc. is an investigative podcast that examines the business dealings of President Donald Trump and individuals within his orbit. Episodes include an eight-month investigation into the Trump organization’s business interests in a Panama real estate development, new revelations about Trump’s inaugural fund, and reporting on key members of his inner circle, including former lawyer Michael Cohen, current attorney Rudy Giuliani, and mega-donor Sheldon Adelson.
Hosted by WNYC’s Kai Wright, Caught offers a unique look into the juvenile justice system through the stories of young people forever changed by collisions with law and order — from efforts to reform, failures where the system has over-reached, and troubling practices like solitary confinement. Told through first-person documentary-style narratives, the series ensures that the young people’s perspectives are front and center. Whether they were detained for being truant or arrested for assault, the kids reveal what could’ve been different and what might’ve helped them along the way.
“It is an extraordinary honor to have these two critically important podcasts recognized by the duPont-Columbia committee,” said Laura Walker, President and CEO, New York Public Radio, which includes WNYC. “Trump, Inc. and Caught both uncover unseen but powerful forces that exert extraordinary influence over our democracy, our institutions, and our lives. I’m so proud of both the teams who investigated and brought these podcasts to life, and the subjects who bravely shared their stories with us.”