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MPR Snags DuPont Award

Series of stories on local archdiocese win journalism prize

Minnesota Public Radio’s News team has been awarded an Alfred I DuPont-Columbia University Award for a series of stories it presented on child abuse and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

According to a release, the series, “Betrayed by Silence,” “exposed how leaders of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis continued to cover up abuse of children by priests, despite decades of assurances that the Catholic Church was safe.”

MPR News Managing Director Chris Worthington said, “We are honored and grateful to receive the duPont Award.” It is the first DuPont for MPR News. The award will be presented Jan. 20 at a ceremony in New York.

The series also received awards from the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the regional RTDNA (Murrow Award) and Online News Association. Lead reporter Madeleine Baran was cited as Young Journalist of the Year by the Minnesota SPJ chapter and received a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in the Media for Outstanding Investigative Program or Feature.