10/24/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

PBS Dominates News & Documentary Emmys

NEW YORK -- Television news reports about the war in Iraq and its repercussions took top honors Monday night at the 29th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

Among the pieces recognized was a "60 Minutes'" investigation into the claims by Curveball, an Iraqi defector who provided the bulk of the intelligence the U.S. used in alleging that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, and a story on "NBC Nightly News" that exposed flaws in the body armor used by U.S. troops.

The accolades for reports about the war came as daily coverage of Iraq has greatly diminished on the broadcast networks, overtaken by stories about the 2008 presidential race and the economy.

Other top Emmys went to ABC News for its breaking coverage of the California wildfires, to CBS News for the two years it spent following an Iowa National Guard unit deployed to Iraq and to PBS for "Operation Homecoming," which told the story of military personnel through their own writings.

PBS' "Independent Lens" won best documentary for its piece on composer Billy Strayhorn.

As in past years, PBS won the most Emmys, scoring 10 awards. CBS followed with five, ABC had four, National Geographic won three and both NBC and the History Channel took home two.

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