Winner 2014

Reporting From The Frontlines: The Ebola Outbreak


For sheer scope and variety, NPR’s 2014 coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the virus’ alarming spread was unmatched. NPR first sent a reporter into Guinea in early April, months before even world health officials appreciated the magnitude of the crisis. As the epidemic widened, NPR mobilized unprecedented resources, positioning more than three dozen reporters from its own ranks and its member stations in West Africa, Dallas, New York, Washington, D.C., and Europe. Often at considerable risk, for the territories were sometimes hostile and the deadly disease was then poorly understood, they filed more than 200 reports, taking advantage of multiple platforms – radio, web, mobile and social media. And what compelling stories they were, vividly descriptive and incorporating real voices and natural sound. The reporters didn’t just talk with Western experts but with those doctors, nurses and government officials from the heart of where Ebola was breaking out. They gave voice to scientists and to those who were suffering. For wide-ranging, incisive coverage that made a potential global catastrophe real and immediate and helped us understand the disease, Reporting from the Frontlines: The Ebola Outbreak wins a Peabody Award.


NPR News Executive Editor: Madhulika Sikka. Senior Editors: Didi Schanche and Vikki Valentine. Reporters, Photographers and Producers in West Africa: Nurith Aizenman, Rolando Arrieta, Jason Beaubien, Nicole Beemsterboer, Peter Breslow, Michaeleen Doucleff, David Gilkey, Jon Hamilton, Rebecca Hersher, Siatta Scott Johnson, Anders Kelto, Kevin Leahy, Kelly McEvers, John Poole, Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, Graham Smith, Mohamed Trawally, Tommy Trenchard, Sami Yenigun, Gregory Warner. Reporters, Photographers and Editors in the US: Hannah Bloch, Melissa Block, Jeff Brady, Geoff Brumfiel, Krishnadev Calamur, Edith Chapin, Bill Chappell, Adam Cole, Audie Cornish, Rebecca Davis, Ben De La Cruz, Wade Goodwyn, David Greene, Nell Greenfieldboyce, Richard Harris, Scott Hensley, Chuck Holmes, Gerry Holmes, Rick Holter of KERA, Scott Horsley, Steve Inskeep, Rachel Martin, Joe Neel, Scott Neuman, Jackie Northam, Quinn O’Toole, Eyder Peralta, Linda Poon, Arun Rath, Alison Richards, Joel Rose, Sam Sanders, David Schaper, Nancy Shute, Marc Silver, Rob Stein, Robert Siegel, Renee Montagne, Scott Simon, Lauren Silverman of KERA, Rob Stein, Vickie Walton-James. Fixer: Umaru Fofana.