DuPont-Columbia Award was established in 1942 by Jessie Ball duPont in memory of her husband Alfred I. duPont. The duPont Awards, administered since 1968 by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, are considered the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes, which the Journalism School also administers.
The duPont-Columbia jury selected the winners from programs that aired in the United States between July 1 and June 30 of each year. Award winners receive batons in gold and silver designed by the American architect Louis I. Kahn.
In 2003, the first-ever foreign-language program was awarded a duPont-Columbia Award. CNN en Espaņol and reporter Jorge Gestoso won a Silver Baton for investigative reporting on Argentina's desaparecidos.