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The Investigative Reporting Program (IRP) at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism recently won the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for broadcast and digital news for the documentary “Rape in the Fields.”

This is only the second time that a university-led program has been awarded the honor.

The hour-long documentary exposes the ubiquitous sexual harassment and assault of female migrant farm workers. “Rape in the Fields/Violación de un Sueño” aired in two languages on Frontline and Univision.

Professor Lowell Bergman led the production team, which includes nine alumni: Daffodil Altan (’04), Andres Cediel, (’04), Tupac Saavedra (’07), Zachary Stauffer (’08), Linsay Rousseau Burnett (’10), Rosa Ramirez (’11), J.J. Barrow (’12), Lauren Rosenfeld (’12), and Alicia Avila (’13). Four current J-School students also contributed to the production: Yousur Alhlou, Steve Fisher, Erica Hellerstein, and Anne Hoffman.

Dean Edward Wasserman commented: “Being dean of an outstanding journalism school means I’m more aware than many people of just how hard it is to produce first-rate work that chronicles significant realities that aren’t being tracked, or even noticed, by mainstream news media.”

Stories on the documentary appeared in the Seattle Times, as well as on KQED, NPR, and Radio Bilingue. The IRP collaborated with the Center for Investigative Reporting, FRONTLINE and Univision on the project.

For more than 70 years, the duPont Awards have recognized excellence in broadcast journalism.  They are among the most prestigious prizes in broadcast, documentary and digital news. The award will officially be presented in New York City on January 21, 2014.