Adjunct Nina Alvarez and Amy Mackinnon, ’18, Win Prestigious duPont Awards

  • By Ellen Lai
Amy Mackinnon

Amy Mackinnon, ’18, was part of the Coda Story-Reveal team that won the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for their radio episode “Russia’s New Scapegoats,” which addresses the rise of anti-gay sentiment in Russia and the former Soviet Union.

Reporting from St. Petersburg, Russia, Mackinnon introduced listeners to the stories of journalist Dmitry Tsilikin, who was killed in a suspected hate crime, as well as homophobic demagogues and vigilantes and their victims.

Adjunct Nina Alvarez also won a duPont Award for “America Reframed: Class of ’27.” The short films spotlighted the profound benefits of early education in impoverished and often ignored parts of America. She was credited as a producer and director.

The winners will be honored in January ​2018 ​at ​Columbia University’s ​Low ​Memorial ​Library.​