Simon Baumgart ’99 and three other team members at ESPN won Columbia University’s distinguished duPont Award — regarded as the most prestigious in broadcast journalism — for their series of investigative reports for ESPN’s Outside the Lines.
The series, “Youth Football Concerns” uncovered serious problems with youth football leagues, including corruption and illegal gambling.
This is the first duPont for ESPN, where Baumgart works as an associate producer for the Enterprise Unit.
“To win the duPont award along with my colleagues is an incredible honor,” said Baumgart. “Our Enterprise Unit has put a lot of work into the issue of safety in youth football.”
The team also won a national Edward R. Murrow award for the radio version of one of the “Youth Football Concerns” pieces.
Baumgart graduated from the SOJC with a degree in advertising but within a year was working in television production, eventually working for Extra, Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition before making the move to ESPN eight years ago.
Baumgart has been working on Outside the Lines for the past six years, producing investigative features for the show’s enterprise/investigative unit for the past three.
He said his SOJC classes all played a role in preparing him for the professional world.
“Each had their own challenging components where teamwork, resourcefulness, creativity and accuracy were key to my personal and professional growth,” Baumgart said.