First Amendment Award

This award honors an outstanding individual or organization which champions the First Amendment and press freedoms.

“60 Minutes” produced by CBS News

Now in the 52nd season, 60 Minutes is an iconic journalism program which holds the powerful accountable and sheds light on important subjects.

60 Minutes60 MINUTES, the most successful American television broadcast in history, began its 52nd season in September. Offering hard-hitting investigative reports, interviews, feature segments and profiles of people in the news, the broadcast begun in 1968 is still a hit in 2019.   60 MINUTES makes Nielsen’s weekly Top 10 nearly every week and was the # 1 weekly television broadcast three times last season.

The program still averages close to 11 million viewers – more than double the audience of its nearest network news magazine competitor and more than two million viewers ahead of the most-watched daily network evening news broadcast. The average audience for a 60 MINUTES broadcast is 150 percent higher than those of the network morning news programs; the audience  dwarfs the number of viewers drawn by the most popular cable news programs.

About a million more people listen to the 60 MINUTES radio simulcast in several major cities and on its companion podcast.  Tens of thousands each week experience 60 MINUTES online.  The broadcast’s segments can be watched at, on the CBS ALL ACCESS app and the 60 MINUTES app. Its webcast,, offers content originally produced for the Web only, including behind-the-scenes video about the production of 60 MINUTES stories and timely archival segments.

60 MINUTES has won every major broadcast award.  Its 25 Peabody and 150 Emmy awards are the most won by any single news program.  It has also won 20 du Pont Columbia University journalism awards.  Other distinguished journalism honors won multiple times include the George Polk, RTDNA Edward R. Murrow, Investigative Reporters and Editors, RFK Journalism, Sigma Delta Chi and Gerald Loeb awards.

60 MINUTES  premiered on CBS September 24, 1968. Bill Owens is the program’s executive producer. The correspondents and contributors of 60 MINUTES are Sharyn Alfonsi, Anderson Cooper, John Dickerson, Norah O’Donnell, Scott Pelley, Lesley Stahl, Bill Whitaker, and L. Jon Wertheim.


First Amendment Award

Updated on 2020-03-06T10:34:01+00:00, by firstawards.