The David A. Andelman and Pamela Title Award 2011

From top left clockwise: Diane Sawyer, Dr. Richard Besser, Deborah Roberts and John Quinones

From top left clockwise: Diane Sawyer, Dr. Richard Besser, Deborah Roberts and John Quinones

AWARD YEAR: 2011

AWARD NAME: The David A. Andelman and Pamela Title Award

AWARD RECIPIENTS: Diane Sawyer, Dr. Richard Besser, John Quinones, Deborah Roberts, Jessica Velmans, Kerry Smith

AWARD RECIPIENT AFFILIATION: ABC News

AWARD HONORED WORK: Giving Life: A Risky Proposition

Every 90 seconds somewhere in the world a woman dies in pregnancy or childbirth; 80% of these deaths are preventable. The program focused on nations with the worst history and how the powerful drive of women is bringing hope and help. The team traveled from Afghanistan to Sierra Leone, Bangladesh and elsewhere, filming the efforts of NGOs and doctors to train volunteers to use cell phones to communicate with doctors during pregnancies and to deliver babies hygienically in primitive homes. It cited how well-known model Christy Turlington, who almost died in childbirth in the U.S., used her fame to make a documentary to raise awareness and money for the medications that saved her life. The judges credit the program additionally for its success in moving viewers to contribute interactively to a number of organizations dedicated to health improvement worldwide.