Miami’s WFOR hour-long documentary explored the deeper environmental, political and social roots of Florida’s contaminated Everglades. “It is an incredible honor to know that our team has won the 2019 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award honoring outstanding audiovisual reporting in the public interest,” said Liz Roldan, WFOR’s news director.
WFOR, the CBS O&O in Miami, earned a Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for its hour-long documentary, The Everglades: Where Politics, Money and Race Collide.
When toxic blue-green algae shut down beaches and businesses on the Treasure Coast in 2016, it prompted a political and economic crisis throughout the state.
WFOR spent a year tracking the causes of the algae bloom and how the ensuing debate pitted hard-pressed communities against one another.
“The Everglades is a beloved national treasure,” said Liz Roldan, WFOR’s news director. “We sought to tell its story differently for local news, via an ambitious documentary that shows how politics, growth and pollution have impacted The River of Grass.”