Peabody Awards

Peabody Awards Our mission is to invigorate people through the power of stories.

Peabody is an organization dedicated to invigorating people through the power of stories. Founded in 1940, Peabody honors and extends conversation around stories that matter in radio, television, and digital media through symposiums, screenings, podcasts, and an annual awards ceremony—considered to be among the most prestigious in the entertainment industry. Peabody is led by Dr. Jeffrey Jones and administered through the University of Georgia. For more information, please visit http://peabodyawards.com or follow http://twitter.com/peabodyawards.

Mission: Awarding Stories That Matter

"If there's one thing I see in this year's #Peabody Awards is this notion of representation... Not to say that they were...
07/06/2019

"If there's one thing I see in this year's #Peabody Awards is this notion of representation... Not to say that they weren't represented other years but this year feels particularly diverse to me," Tracy Heather Strain, filmmaker, says during the FX Networks special "Peabody Presents: Stories of the Year." Discover more #StoriesThatMatter tomorrow at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT

http://www.peabodyawards.com/stories/story/roundtable-features-diverse-storytellers_jul_7_fx

"Seeing some of the other journalism pieces and to know that this is not just for the people in that room, that these wo...
07/06/2019

"Seeing some of the other journalism pieces and to know that this is not just for the people in that room, that these works have changed lives, they've inspired people," Paula Lavigne of ESPN says about attending the 78th Annual #Peabody Awards Ceremony in May. For more on the event and this year's award winners, watch the FX Networks special "Peabody Presents: Stories of the Year" tomorrow at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT #StoriesThatMatter

http://www.peabodyawards.com/stories/story/roundtable-features-diverse-storytellers_jul_7_fx

07/05/2019
FX Networks

FX Networks

”Peabody Awards Presents: Stories of the Year”, a roundtable discussion featuring five groundbreaking storytellers. Watch it on Sunday at 10.30pm.

"I couldn't imagine telling this story and not leaning all the way into the specificities of what it means to be black o...
07/05/2019

"I couldn't imagine telling this story and not leaning all the way into the specificities of what it means to be black or Latin, queer or trans," Steven Canals says of the 1980s ballroom scene centered show, "Pose FX." He and fellow Peabody winners discuss more Sunday on the FX Networks special "#Peabody Presents: Stories of the Year," airing at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT #StoriesThatMatter

http://www.peabodyawards.com/stories/story/roundtable-features-diverse-storytellers_jul_7_fx

07/04/2019

As the U.S. #WomensSoccer Team and #Wimbledon phenom #CocoGauff make strides in the international sports arena, #Peabody throws back to the women who paved the way for their success. Billie Jean King, Bobbi Gibb and Kathrine Switzer are among others who broke boundaries as documented in “Dare to Compete: The Struggle of Women in Sports.” Peabody Awards honored the 1999 HBO film for revealing “how the suffrage movement of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the feminist movement of the 60s, and the more recent #TitleIX legislation set the stage for the rise of today’s female athletic superstars.” #ThrowbackThursday #StoriesThatMatter

http://www.peabodyawards.com/award-profile/dare-to-compete-the-struggle-of-women-in-sports

07/04/2019

On #IndependenceDay, #Peabody salutes trailblazers like Hasan Minhaj, the first Muslim to host a late-night TV show, Netflix's " Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj." Witty, bold and fearless, the California native deconstructs current events for a new generation. On Sunday, he moderates a roundtable with fellow winners on the FX Networks special "Peabody Presents: Stories of the Year,” airing at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT

http://www.peabodyawards.com/stories/story/roundtable-features-diverse-storytellers_jul_7_fx

Bringing the story of Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart to life was a passion project and arduous journey f...
07/03/2019

Bringing the story of Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart to life was a passion project and arduous journey for Tracy Heather Strain, who evoked a quote from the playwright to explain why the story resonates today: "In order to create the universal you have to address the specific." Learn more on the FX Networks special "Peabody Presents: Stories of the Year" on Sunday at 10:30 p.m. #StoriesThatMatter

Photo credit Michael Becker/FX

http://www.peabodyawards.com/stories/story/roundtable-features-diverse-storytellers_jul_7_fx

07/02/2019
Spartan Silence: Crisis at Michigan State

"If you don't understand where they're coming from, if you don't understand why we got to this point, then you're at a very big disadvantage of being able to solve the root cause of the problem that got us here," Paula Lavigne, ESPN reporter, says of the challenges of covering perpetrators in sexual assault cases like those in "Spartan Silence: Crisis at Michigan State." Watch more of the discussion on the FX Networks special "Peabody Presents: Stories of the Year" this Sunday at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

http://www.peabodyawards.com/stories/story/roundtable-features-diverse-storytellers_jul_7_fx

An artist creates to encourage conversation, according to Terence Nance, creator of the innovative HBO series "Random Ac...
07/02/2019

An artist creates to encourage conversation, according to Terence Nance, creator of the innovative HBO series "Random Acts of Flyness." "You cannot prescribe what that discourse is gonna be and that's sort of why I feel like we do it, is that unpredictability, that volatility because if you knew, why would you do it?" For more, watch "Peabody Presents: Stories of the Year” this Sunday on FX Networks at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. #StoriesThatMatter

http://www.peabodyawards.com/stories/story/roundtable-features-diverse-storytellers_jul_7_fx

07/01/2019
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj

"I can't say that a great film, television show, or even song can change the world, but I can say that hopefully great art and great storytelling has the ability to strike a chord in people's hearts that enacts change in their perception of the world, and hopefully in their day-to-day actions," Hasan Minhaj says after the 78th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony in May. This Sunday, the two-time #Peabody winner moderates a roundtable discussion with fellow storytellers on the FX Networks special "Peabody Presents: Stories of the Year," airing at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT #StoriesThatMatter



http://www.peabodyawards.com/stories/story/roundtable-features-diverse-storytellers_jul_7_fx

On #CanadaDay, we salute the country's NFB, whose 2018 documentary "The Apology" serves as a tribute to the 200,000 girl...
07/01/2019

On #CanadaDay, we salute the country's NFB, whose 2018 documentary "The Apology" serves as a tribute to the 200,000 girls and young women kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery, dubbed ‘comfort women’ by the Imperial Japanese Army, during World War II. The film follows three such "grandmothers" who finally break their silence to ensure their story isn't forgotten. #Peabody Awards honored it for "beautifully observed character-driven filmmaking that puts a face on an enduring injustice and shows the resilience of those women who refuse to be quiet."

http://www.peabodyawards.com/award-profile/pov-the-apology

We're one week out from the premiere of "Peabody Presents: Stories of the Year" on FX Networks! Join Hasan Minhaj as he ...
06/30/2019

We're one week out from the premiere of "Peabody Presents: Stories of the Year" on FX Networks! Join Hasan Minhaj as he leads a thought-provoking discussion on the challenges and triumphs of masterful storytelling with fellow Peabody Award winners Steven Canals, Terence Nance, Tracy Heather Strain and Paula Lavigne. The telecast airs Sunday, July 7 at 10:30 p.m.

http://www.peabodyawards.com/stories/story/roundtable-features-diverse-storytellers_jul_7_fx

06/30/2019
The Facebook Dilemma

On #WorldSocialMediaDay, FRONTLINE's "The Facebook Dilemma" is a cautionary tale of the cost of the world's largest social media platform and its undeniable impact on modern communication, personal privacy and democracies worldwide. #Peabody Awards honored the investigative series "for showing its 2.3 billion users how Facebook uses them."

http://www.peabodyawards.com/award-profile/the-facebook-dilemma

06/29/2019
Ronan Farrow

"We live in a time where tough stories, the kinds of stories that inform us about our democracy, are so precious and so hard to come by. A time when there are so many obstacles arrayed against anyone who wants to speak truth to power. #Peabody Awards are about celebrating exactly that spirit of tough storytelling—whether it's in pathbreaking fiction or really tough investigative reporting," Ronan Farrow says in a backstage interview after hosting this year's ceremony. Explore groundbreaking narratives and meet the individuals who tell them in the upcoming FX Networks special, "Peabody Presents: Stories of the Year," airing on July 7 at 10:30 p.m.

http://www.peabodyawards.com/stories/story/roundtable-features-diverse-storytellers_jul_7_fx

06/28/2019
Random Acts of Flyness

"We came from black people who celebrated us into existence; gratitude to them for those genesis moments of sublimation and transcendence," Terence Nance says during his acceptance for "Random Acts of Flyness." Hear more from the eloquent and erudite creator of the groundbreaking HBO series that sets a new standard for the next generation of content makers in the upcoming "Peabody Presents: Stories of the Year." The FX Networks special airs on July 7 at 10:30 p.m.

http://www.peabodyawards.com/award-profile/random-acts-of-flyness

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, when police raided a popular gay bar in New York City's Gree...
06/27/2019

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, when police raided a popular gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village. 2011 Peabody Award winner "American Experience | PBS: Stonewall Rising" recounts this major turning point in the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement.

http://www.peabodyawards.com/award-profile/american-experience

06/27/2019
Lorraine Hansberry

"An oppressive society will dehumanize and degenerate everyone involved," Lorraine Hansberry says in the #Peabody Award-winning documentary "Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart." Filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain talks about the long journey it took to bring the noted playwright and activist's story to life in the upcoming "Peabody Presents: Stories of the Year." The FX Networks special airs on July 7 at 10:30 p.m.

http://www.peabodyawards.com/award-profile/lorraine-hansberry-sighted-eyes-feeling-heart

06/26/2019
Peabody Awards

Peabody recognizes stories reflecting key social issues such as sexual assault and harassment. Recent honorees "Hannah Gadsby: Hannah Gadsby: Nanette," "Believed," "The Rape of Recy Taylor," and "I AM EVIDENCE" add new voices to the ongoing reckoning of such abuse. This #Peabody Spotlight exposes a culture of complicity evident across institutions long before the rise of the #MeToo movement.

http://www.peabodyawards.com/stories/story/peabody-spotlight-sexual-assault

For years, #Peabody has recognized #StoriesThatMatter that shine a light on specific social issues. The Peabody Media Center recently tracked stories about sexual assault and rape across institutions such as the military and the entertainment industry that expose a culture of complicity evident even before the rise of the #MeToo movement. Narrated by Charlayne Hunter-Gault, this Peabody Spotlight reveals dark truths while maintaining hope for change.

06/26/2019
Spartan Silence

"From the 'sister survivors' to the young women who reported abuse by popular athletes, tonight's award is a testament to their bravery and your belief," Paula Lavigne says upon accepting a 2018 #Peabody Award for "Spartan Silence: Crisis at Michigan State." The series of reports from ESPN demonstrates how rape culture works systemically, and the traumatic and horrible costs it has on women's lives. Lavigne discusses the challenges of reporting on difficult issues in the upcoming FX Networks special "Peabody Presents: Stories of the Year," airing on July 7 at 10:30 p.m.



http://www.peabodyawards.com/award-profile/spartan-silence-crisis-at-michigan-state

06/25/2019
Steven Canals discusses Pose on FX

"Peabody shines a light on projects that hopefully engage individuals on important discourse, whether that is around race, class, gender, or sexuality," according to Steven Canals, a creator/writer of the #Peabody Award-winning "Pose FX." Canals is featured in the upcoming "Peabody Presents: Stories of the Year," which includes in-depth discussions on the power of storytelling. The FX Networks special airs on July 7 at 10:30 p.m.

http://www.peabodyawards.com/award-profile/pose

#Peabody celebrates In the Dark for shedding light on #StoriesThatMatter, such as the case of Curtis Flowers, whose conv...
06/21/2019
In The Dark Season 2

#Peabody celebrates In the Dark for shedding light on #StoriesThatMatter, such as the case of Curtis Flowers, whose conviction the #SCOTUS overturned today. The investigative podcast created by Madeleine Baran and Samara Freemark raises profound questions about the criminal justice system in America. Season 2 focused on Flowers, a black man on death row in Mississippi who has been tried six times for the same crime. It was nominated for a 2018 Peabody Award while Season 1 of the podcast was a winner in 2016.

http://www.peabodyawards.com/award-profile/in-the-dark-season-2
http://www.peabodyawards.com/award-profile/in-the-dark

Nominee An investigative podcast that raises profound questions about whether the criminal justice system in America is fair and just Season Two investigates the case of Curtis Flowers a black man on death row in Mississippi who has been tried six times for the same crime and reveals what can happen...

#TBT to "Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four," Deborah S. Esquenazi’s film that unravels the interpl...
06/20/2019

#TBT to "Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four," Deborah S. Esquenazi’s film that unravels the interplay of mythology, misogyny, and homophobia that led to the wrongful conviction of four #Latina lesbians during the Satanic Panic of the ’80s and ’90s. #Peabody Awards honored the documentary “for highlighting a story of an overlooked population vulnerable to homophobia and misogyny, and the cost of prejudice.” #pridemonth

www.peabodyawards.com/award-profile/southwest-of-salem-the-story-of-the-san-antonio-four

A Happy #Juneteenth shout out to Beyoncé, a native of Houston, home to Emancipation Park, established in 1872 as a plac...
06/19/2019

A Happy #Juneteenth shout out to Beyoncé, a native of Houston, home to Emancipation Park, established in 1872 as a place for African Americans to celebrate freedom from slavery. #Peabody Awards honored “Lemonade” on HBO “for the audacity of its reach and the fierceness of its vision in challenging our cultural imagination.” #emancipationproclamation #equality #freedom

http://www.peabodyawards.com/award-profile/lemonade

Buried Truths unearths the reality of African American ‘freedom’ after the abolition of slavery in 1865. Through Isa...
06/19/2019

Buried Truths unearths the reality of African American ‘freedom’ after the abolition of slavery in 1865. Through Isaiah Nixon’s story, journalist Hank Klibanoff and Emory University students reveal a tale of voter suppression not unlike political corruption seen today. Peabody Awards honored the @WABE production “for forcing listeners to confront what previous generations had sought to repress.”

www.peabodyawards.com/award-profile/buried-truths

“To this day, we do not know how many children have been ripped from their families or how many have been reunited. We...
06/18/2019

“To this day, we do not know how many children have been ripped from their families or how many have been reunited. We do know that thousands of immigrants…and thousands of families are thrown back into dangerous Mexican border towns to wait an uncertain fate,” Marcela Gaviria, writer/producer said upon accepting a Peabody Award for “Separated: Children at the Border.” The FRONTLINE documentary, which explores the roots of the policy as well as the broader context of its enactment, was honored “for commendably showing as much care and attention to the humans and traumas of the story as to its politics and rhetoric.”

www.peabodyawards.com/award-profile/separated-children-at-the-border

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By recognizing specific programming, the Peabody Awards spotlight instances of how electronic media can teach, expand our horizons, defend the public interest, or encourage empathy with others. Such excellent stories exist across genres and media types, and across regions and borders. When the first set of Peabody Awards were given out in 1941, broadcasting meant radio. Before the decade was over, the scope of the award grew to include television storytelling. By the late 20th Century, television was redefined through cable and satellite technologies. The Peabody Awards again recognized shifts in storytelling as a result of these changes. Early into the 21st century, we began to celebrate exemplary web content, which continues to open doors for new forms of storytelling. And now, with programming readily available for on-demand and online streaming through new platforms and exhibition spaces, what separates these spaces is less meaningful than the stories being told there. Throughout all this, the scope of the Peabody Awards continues to grow as media changes, but our goal remains the same: to recognize stories that matter. -Dr. Jeffrey P. Jones

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