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On Assignment brings you some of the best conversations from the Columbia Journalism School, produced and hosted by the school's Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards.The duPont-Columbia Awards honor the best in audio-visual reporting across platforms including broadcast, documentary, local investigative, radio and interactive journalism. We started the On Assignment Podcast to go behind the scenes and bring you the conversations we were having with the leading journalists in the field, many of whom are also past duPont Award winners.

Latest Episodes

64: Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on Reconstruction: America After the Civil War

In our latest episode of On Assignment, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and duPont juror Mark Whitaker reflect on the lessons learned from Gates’ 2020 duPont-winning documentary series Reconstruction: America After the Civil War. The conversation is timely, as the nation reckons with the current fragile political climate, and the country’s legacy of slavery in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, among others.

41 minNOV 6
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64: Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on Reconstruction: America After the Civil War

#63: Uncovering the stories of the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising

In this month’s On Assignment episode, listen to the 2018 duPont-Award winning filmmakers describe the tenacious reporting required to produce “Let it Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992.” Director John Ridley and ABC News Producers Jeanmarie Condon, Melia Patria and Fatima Curry revisit the newly relevant documentary about the decade preceding the Rodney King beating.

44 minOCT 2
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#63: Uncovering the stories of the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising

#62: Michael Rey and Oriana Zill de Granados

In this episode of On Assignment, CBS News 60 Minutes producers Michael Rey and Oriana Zill de Granados go behind the scenes of their duPont-winning reports on the US-Mexico Border. They describe basement meetings, months of back-and-forth with government sources, and having a U.S. president criticize their reporting. They also talk about how they have adapted to producing television news remotely in the time of COID-19.

40 minSEP 4
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#62: Michael Rey and Oriana Zill de Granados

#61: Revisiting Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice

In this episode of On Assignment, we revisit a conversation with Kai Wright and Kaari Pitkin, creators of the award-winning podcast Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice. The WNYC series showed the human side of the web-like juvenile justice system by giving young people the chance to tell their stories in their own words.

27 minAUG 7
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#61: Revisiting Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice

#60: Revisiting Jelani Cobb and James Jacoby on Policing the Police

In this episode of On Assignment, we revisit a conversation from 2016 between New Yorker Staff Writer and Columbia Journalism Professor Jelani Cobb, FRONTLINE Producer James Jacoby, and Columbia Journalism Professor Betsy West about Cobb and Jacoby’s documentary Policing the Police. The film examines the troubled Newark, New Jersey police department from the inside.

33 minJUL 10
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#60: Revisiting Jelani Cobb and James Jacoby on Policing the Police

#59: Charlie Specht

WKBW's Charlie Specht talks with Professor Nina Alvarez about a reporting journey that took many unexpected turns: from covert emails sent anonymously from inside the church, to parking lot meetings, from undercover recordings to Specht’s own conflicted personal ties as a devout Catholic.

39 minJUN 5
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#59: Charlie Specht

#58: Clarissa Ward

In this episode of On Assignment, Clarissa Ward joins duPont Awards Director, Lisa R. Cohen for a conversation about how CNN managed to break story after story on Khashoggi’s disappearance; how she has handled challenging reporting situations, including trauma self-care; and the creative ways she has continued reporting on COVID-19.

49 minMAY 1
Comments
#58: Clarissa Ward

#57: Joe Bruno and Michael Stolp

Local reporters Joe Bruno and Michael Stolp of WSOC in Charlotte, North Carolina discuss their duPont Award winning reporting “Something Suspicious in District 9.”

34 minAPR 11
Comments
#57: Joe Bruno and Michael Stolp

#56: Lindsey Seavert and Ben Garvin

Directors of the duPont winning documentary Love them First, Lindsey Seavert and Ben Garvin, talk with Director of the duPont-Columbia Awards, Lisa Cohen (Serving Life) about their film. The documentary, built on unprecedented year-long access, is an intimate portrait of a North Minnesota elementary school and its visionary principal. Seavert and Garvin describe the challenges of creating a feature length documentary while still fulfilling their obligations as reporters at a local, daily news outlet.

37 minMAR 6
Comments
#56: Lindsey Seavert and Ben Garvin

#55: Rachel Lears

Director Rachel Lears on her film following first time politicians like AOC, who went from barkeep to U.S. Congress.

35 minFEB 7
Comments
#55: Rachel Lears

Latest Episodes

64: Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on Reconstruction: America After the Civil War

In our latest episode of On Assignment, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and duPont juror Mark Whitaker reflect on the lessons learned from Gates’ 2020 duPont-winning documentary series Reconstruction: America After the Civil War. The conversation is timely, as the nation reckons with the current fragile political climate, and the country’s legacy of slavery in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, among others.

41 minNOV 6
Comments
64: Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on Reconstruction: America After the Civil War

#63: Uncovering the stories of the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising

In this month’s On Assignment episode, listen to the 2018 duPont-Award winning filmmakers describe the tenacious reporting required to produce “Let it Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992.” Director John Ridley and ABC News Producers Jeanmarie Condon, Melia Patria and Fatima Curry revisit the newly relevant documentary about the decade preceding the Rodney King beating.

44 minOCT 2
Comments
#63: Uncovering the stories of the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising

#62: Michael Rey and Oriana Zill de Granados

In this episode of On Assignment, CBS News 60 Minutes producers Michael Rey and Oriana Zill de Granados go behind the scenes of their duPont-winning reports on the US-Mexico Border. They describe basement meetings, months of back-and-forth with government sources, and having a U.S. president criticize their reporting. They also talk about how they have adapted to producing television news remotely in the time of COID-19.

40 minSEP 4
Comments
#62: Michael Rey and Oriana Zill de Granados

#61: Revisiting Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice

In this episode of On Assignment, we revisit a conversation with Kai Wright and Kaari Pitkin, creators of the award-winning podcast Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice. The WNYC series showed the human side of the web-like juvenile justice system by giving young people the chance to tell their stories in their own words.

27 minAUG 7
Comments
#61: Revisiting Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice

#60: Revisiting Jelani Cobb and James Jacoby on Policing the Police

In this episode of On Assignment, we revisit a conversation from 2016 between New Yorker Staff Writer and Columbia Journalism Professor Jelani Cobb, FRONTLINE Producer James Jacoby, and Columbia Journalism Professor Betsy West about Cobb and Jacoby’s documentary Policing the Police. The film examines the troubled Newark, New Jersey police department from the inside.

33 minJUL 10
Comments
#60: Revisiting Jelani Cobb and James Jacoby on Policing the Police

#59: Charlie Specht

WKBW's Charlie Specht talks with Professor Nina Alvarez about a reporting journey that took many unexpected turns: from covert emails sent anonymously from inside the church, to parking lot meetings, from undercover recordings to Specht’s own conflicted personal ties as a devout Catholic.

39 minJUN 5
Comments
#59: Charlie Specht

#58: Clarissa Ward

In this episode of On Assignment, Clarissa Ward joins duPont Awards Director, Lisa R. Cohen for a conversation about how CNN managed to break story after story on Khashoggi’s disappearance; how she has handled challenging reporting situations, including trauma self-care; and the creative ways she has continued reporting on COVID-19.

49 minMAY 1
Comments
#58: Clarissa Ward

#57: Joe Bruno and Michael Stolp

Local reporters Joe Bruno and Michael Stolp of WSOC in Charlotte, North Carolina discuss their duPont Award winning reporting “Something Suspicious in District 9.”

34 minAPR 11
Comments
#57: Joe Bruno and Michael Stolp

#56: Lindsey Seavert and Ben Garvin

Directors of the duPont winning documentary Love them First, Lindsey Seavert and Ben Garvin, talk with Director of the duPont-Columbia Awards, Lisa Cohen (Serving Life) about their film. The documentary, built on unprecedented year-long access, is an intimate portrait of a North Minnesota elementary school and its visionary principal. Seavert and Garvin describe the challenges of creating a feature length documentary while still fulfilling their obligations as reporters at a local, daily news outlet.

37 minMAR 6
Comments
#56: Lindsey Seavert and Ben Garvin

#55: Rachel Lears

Director Rachel Lears on her film following first time politicians like AOC, who went from barkeep to U.S. Congress.

35 minFEB 7
Comments
#55: Rachel Lears
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