Breaking News: Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary


The local West Hartford's station's coverage of the tragedy.


CNN's Coverage Inside Syria and Homs


The cable news channel's reports from inside war-torn Syria.


"Deception at Duke"

"60 Minutes"/CBS

This story, which details a medical breakthrough that proved to be too good to be true, is available in its entirety here.


"Design Ah!"

NHK, Japan

An engaging show about design that is aimed at young viewers.




This British TV program wins for two documentaries it broadcast in 2012: "The Other Side of Jimmy Savile" and "Banaz: An Honour Killing."


"Ford Escape: Exposing a Deadly Defect"


A Phoenix station's coverage of a serious problem in two different cars led to national action.


"Investigating the Fire"


A Denver TV station's meticulous reconstruction of everything that went wrong before, during and after a controlled burn that went awry and took several lives.


"Investigating the IRS"


An Indianapolis' station's coverage of a surprising (and costly) tax loophole that is used nationwide.


"Joy in the Congo"

"60 Minutes"/CBS

This uplifting story about an African symphony is available in its entirety here.


"The Loving Story"

HBO/Augusta Films

A documentary about an interracial couple who married in 1958 and whose legal odyssey took them to the Supreme Court.


"Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present"


An illuminating portrait of the performance artist and her recent MoMA show.


"MLK: The Assassination Tapes"

Smithsonian Channel

An assemblage of local Memphis news reports, interviews and radio pieces recorded before and after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


"Rapido y Furioso" ("Fast and Furious")


A thorough examination of the controversial Fast and Furious/"gunwalking" program as seen through the eyes of Mexicans who endured its consequences.


"Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel"


A well-regarded program that airs sports news, features and interviews.


"Reel Time: Salat (Bone Dry)"


A documentary from the Philippines that takes viewers inside the lives of an impoverished young girl and her family.


"Robin's Journey"

ABC News

A series of pieces documenting Robin Roberts' illness, treatment and recovery, as well as her efforts to publicize bone-marrow donation.


"Russia, Putin and the West"

Brook Lapping Productions/National Geographic Channel

An in-depth recounting of Vladimir Putin's rise to power and his relationships with former Soviet-bloc nations, Russia's citizens and Western nations.

A thorough and timely collection of law resources and coverage of the Supreme Court.


"Sheikh Jarrah, My Neighborhood"

Al Jazeera

A documentary about a young boy who is evicted from his home in East Jerusalem, but who finds an unexpected ally.


"Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek"

The New York Times

An in-depth and innovative examination of an accident that killed or injured several skiers.


"Sri Lanka's Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished"

Channel 4

A documentary presenting evidence of atrocities committed in Sri Lanka near the end of the country's civil war. It can be viewed in its entirety here (registration required).


"Summer Pasture"

PBS/Independent Lens

An up-close look at the life of a Tibetan herder and the choices he and his family face.


Superstorm Sandy

ABC News

The network's coverage of the devastating storm that hit the East Coast.


"Under Fire: Journalists in Combat"

JUF Pictures; aired in the US on Documentary Channel

A documentary about reporters and photographers on the front lines of combat and other dangerous situations (this film is on Netflix and Amazon).


"Why Poverty?"

PBS/Steps International

A series of eight documentaries on wealth, poverty and the attempts to bridge the gap between the two. The documentaries are: "Solar Mamas" (directed by Mona Eldaief & Jehane Noujaim), "Welcome to the World" (Brian Hill), "Poor Us: An Animated History" (Ben Lewis), "Park Avenue" (Alex Gibney), "Land Rush" (Hugo Berkeley & Osvalde Lewat), "Give Us the Money" (Bosse Lindquist), "Stealing Africa" (Christoffer Guldbrandsen) and "Education, Education" (Weijun Chen). The documentaries are available in full here.