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Katie Couric wins duPont-Columbia Award for interview of Sarah Palin

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Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism today announced the 2010 winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. Selected by the duPont Jury for excellence in broadcast journalism, the award-winning news programs aired in the United States between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009. Here’s what they said about Katie Couric’s interview of Sarah Palin.

In a political season full of interviews with the leading candidates, Katie Couric’s apt and determined questioning of Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin prompted the most revealing remarks and had the greatest impact on the presidential campaign. For those wanting to know more about the late-arriving candidate, Couric’s nimble questioning and even tone elicited answers on the issues. CBS devoted a large amount of air time to these remarkable interviews that were shot in a series of interesting locations. On the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric,” and on the Internet, these were the interviews heard around the world.

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