The ABC News Polling Unit has won its first-ever news Emmy award for its part in the network's "Iraq: Where Things Stand" coverage, which included the first national news poll conducted in that country.
The Emmy for "Best Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast" was awarded at the 26th annual news Emmys on Sept. 19, to ABC's "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings" for its Iraq coverage in April 2004.
The Emmy citation read: "One year after the U.S.-led offensive against Iraq began, ABC News set out to ask some basic questions: How had things changed for the people of Iraq since the beginning of the war? In what ways was life better -- or worse? Five teams of ABC News, Time magazine and BBC reporters canvassed the country, interviewing more than 1,300 Iraqis in 36 cities and towns. In addition, ABC News commissioned the first true nationwide poll of Iraq ever conducted by a news organization. This polling and reporting went beyond coverage of the daily violence in Iraq to uncover the issues that mattered most to its people."
A random national sample of 2,737 Iraqis were interviewed in person for the poll, with field work conducted for ABC News and a group of media partners by Oxford Research International of Oxford, England.
The ABC News Polling Unit previously was nominated for a 2004 Emmy for its role in the network series "Critical Condition: Healthcare in America," which included an extensive survey of American public opinion on health care issues.
2005 News Emmy: Best Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast
Iraq: Where Things Stand
ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings
Executive Producer: Jon Banner
Anchor & Senior Editor: Peter Jennings
Senior Producers: Tom Nagorski; David Reiter
Senior Foreign Producers: Kate Felsen; Stu Schutzman
Correspondents: Jim Sciutto; Bob Woodruff
Producers: Hoda Abdel-Hamid; Ray Homer; Joanne Levine; Vinnie Malhotra; Mark Stone
Producer/Director of Polling: Gary Langer
Editors: Joe Biscotti; Charlie Marcus; Almin Karamehmedovic
Camera: Doug Vogt; Matt Green; Bartley Price; Ayman Jibril
Sound: Ken Kidston; James Brolen; Philip Dayton; Jabber Khader
Researchers: Matt Frucci; Jason Elliott
Director: Eric Siegel
Graphics Director: Hal Aronow-Theil
Polling: Dalia Sussman