katiecouric1-22.jpgLast night, TVNewser attended the Alfred I. duPont Columbia University awards in Broadcast News, where CBS News and Katie Couric book-ended the evening among the year’s winners.

CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus was on hand to accept an award for the “CBS Reports: Children of the Recession” series with a number of CBS News EPs including Rick Kaplan from the “Evening News” and Rand Morrison of “Sunday Morning.”

Couric recieved an award for what ceremony host Gwen Ifill described as “apt and determined questioning of Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin [that] prompted the most revealing remarks and had the greatest impact on the presidential campaign. And on late night comedy.”

In her acceptance speech, Couric admitted watching the interviews, even “for the 78th time,” makes her “kind of uncomfortable.” She described them as “certainly the most talked about interviews that I have ever done” and said, “cab drivers in New York and fellow travelers at the airport still comment on these interviews — some say thank you, some don’t — even though it’s been well over a year since they aired.”

Couric said her “only agenda” was to “find out where Governor Palin stood on a variety of critically important issues and help her communicate those positions to the American people.” She also said, “I feel I did the job that I was supposed to do.

To a room that included a number of journalism students and faculty, Couric said, “I think this series of interviews proves that followup questions are absolutely critical in an era where, all too often, non-answer answers are given and too-readily accepted.”

In her thank-yous, she singled out Brian Goldsmith, the associate producer who helped her research and craft questions for hours. “Who knew that an off-the-cuff one about magazines and newspapers would get so much attention,” she said.

An excerpt from Couric’s remarks after the jump:

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