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NPR wins Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for "Waste Land" Investigative Series

Wasteland winner
Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards

The sixteen winners of the 2022 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards have been announced and NPR has won for "Waste Land," a Planet Money and PBS Frontline collaboration that explains how big oil misled the public into believing plastic would be recycled.

NPR investigative correspondent Laura Sullivan and the team tracked down retired industry lobbyists to expose a decades-long marketing scam to convince consumers that plastic products are far more recyclable than they really are. "Waste Land" reveals how plastic makers for decades have publicly promoted recycling, despite from almost the beginning privately expressing doubts that widespread plastic recycling would ever be economically viable. This reporting collaboration involving NPR and Frontline resulted in a Frontline film Plastic Wars, radio stories on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered and the Planet Money podcast episode.

Congratulations to everyone who worked in this series!

"Waste Land"

NPR Investigations Team

Correspondent: Laura Sullivan

Senior Producer: Graham Smith

Producer: Cat Schuknecht

Assistant Producer: Huo Jingnan

Researcher: Barbara Van Woerkom

Editors: Bruce Auster, Steve Drummond, Robert Little

Planet Money

Host: Sarah Gonzalez

Executive Producer: Alex Goldmark

Producer: Darian Woods

Assistant Producer: James Sneed

Editors: Robert Smith, Sarah Gonzalez, Bryant Urstadt

PBS Frontline

Executive Producer: Raney Aronson-Rath

Managing Editor: Andrew Metz

Producer: Rick Young

Co-Producers: Fritz Kramer, Emma Schwartz

Reporter: Fira Abdurachman

Reporting Fellow: Orion Donovan Smith

Also among this year's recipients are NPR's public broadcasting brethren PBS, and Member stations KOSU and WNYC. Information about all of the winners announced this year is available at: www.dupont.org Congratulations to them all!

Founded in 1942, the duPont-Columbia Awards uphold the highest standards in journalism by honoring winners annually, informing the public about those journalists' contributions and supporting journalism education and innovation.

NPR's Investigations Team is made up of more than a dozen correspondents, producers and editors who create original news stories for all of the network's audio and digital platforms. With a mission to report distinctive stories of consequence, the team has uncovered and produced some of NPR's most distinguished journalism, including winners of multiple Peabody Awards, DuPont-Columbia Awards and the Pulitzer Prize.

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