DENVER – Call7 Investigator, Keli Rabon and photojournalist Jason Foster of 7NEWS have been honored with the prestigious Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award – the broadcast journalism equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize.
This is the third duPont–Columbia Award 7NEWS has received in the past decade, along with 3 Peabody Awards and three national Edward R. Murrow awards.
Rabon and Foster are recognized for a series of investigative reports they conducted on sexual assaults in Colorado, which shed light on a crime that affects thousands throughout the state, annually.
The reporting revealed systematic failures in the handling of rape cases in Colorado and exposed thousands of neglected victims through the discovery of over 6,000 untested rape kits. The team’s investigation also examined the rates of sexual assault prosecution by the Denver District Attorney, finding only 29% of felony sex assaults are accepted for prosecution by the DA. These stories have led to changes in policy and state law, and perhaps given victims a chance at justice that would have otherwise been denied. Today, Rabon and Foster are recognized for their achievement.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious award. It is a recognition of our unwavering mission to investigate and shed light on difficult stories in an effort to bring change and improve our community,” said 7NEWS News Director, Jeff Harris.
For over 70 years, the duPont-Coumbia awards have recognized excellence in broadcast journalism and is regarded as one of the most prestigious prizes in broadcast, documentary and digital news. The awards bring the best of national, local, and independently released reports together, honoring them for their outstanding work. Every year about a dozen new stories are recognized by the duPont-Columbia University Awards for the strength of their reporting, storytelling and impact on public interest. The awards are presented at Columbia University’s Low Library in a ceremony hosted by some of the country’s leading broadcast journalists.