An American RadioWorks investigation into the abuse of Iraqi detainees and the psychological effect on American soldiers has won a national award for excellence in broadcast journalism.
The series by public radio's largest documentary unit explored the mysterious death of Sgt. Adam Gray, who died in his barracks after returning from Iraq. The military ruled the death as "accidental," but the family disputed the finding and argued that Gray was traumatized by his experiences in Iraq.
The investigation by reporters Joshua E.S. Phillips and Catherine Winter also uncovered new allegations of detainee abuse and followed members of a U.S. Army unit as they struggled to cope with their battlefield actions.
The silver Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, considered the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, will be formally awarded in a ceremony on Jan. 21.
American RadioWorks won its first duPont award in 2000 for the documentary "Massacre at Cuska," detailing the violent attack of Albanian residents by Serbian soldiers in a Kosovo village in 1999.
The public radio unit has updated "What Killed Sergeant Gray" and will air the documentary on public radio stations around the country stating Jan. 22. The full audio can be found at americanradioworks.org.
American RadioWorks is the national documentary unit of American Public Media, the parent organization for Minnesota Public Radio.