All 30 winners of the 82nd annual Peabody Awards were released Thursday, with PBS leading with six, followed by HBO/HBO Max with four, Netflix with three and Prime Video, Hulu and the New York Times each with two. Additional winning networks and platforms include ABC, FX, Tegna-owned KUSA Denver, NBC News, NPR, Peacock, Rumble Strip and Vice.
“Whether exposing injustice, detailing uncomfortable truths, or making us laugh uncontrollably, all of the winners demonstrated how to tell a compelling story,” said Jeffrey Jones, executive director of Peabody, in a statement. “With an ongoing pandemic, political obstructionism and senseless wars continuing to take and disrupt lives, these programs pushed past many obstacles to tell important stories that will stand the test of time. Peabody is proud to honor their incredible work.”
As highlighted in the above video, this year’s Peabody awards were about honoring those who told extraordinary stories of everyday lives, whether those stories were scripted, unscripted, documentary, news or podcast.
This year’s entertainment winners were Netflix’s Bo Burnham: Inside, Hulu’s Dopesick, HBO and HBO Max’s Hacks, FX’s Reservation Dogs, CBC/HBO Max’s Sort Of, Prime Video’s The Underground Railroad, Peacock and Channel 4’s We Are Lady Parts and ABC’s The Wonder Years.
Documentary winners were PBS’ Mayor, Mr. Soul!, Philly D.A. and A Thousand Cuts (in collaboration with WGBH and Frontline); HBO and HBO Max’s Exterminate All the Brutes and In the Same Breath, Hulu’s Oscar-winning Summer of Soul (…Or When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised); Netflix’s High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America; and Prime Video’s My Name is Pauli Murray.
Two of the news winners came out of reporting on the January 6 insurrection, including The New York Times’ Day of Rage: How Trump Supporters Took the U.S. Capitol and PBS Newshour’s January 6th Reporting. Also awarded Peabodys were ABC News/Frontline’s The Appointment, which follows one woman’s journey to get an abortion in the U.S. South; NBC Bay Area’s The Moms of Magnolia Street and No Man’s Land: Fighting for Fatherhood in a Broken System; ABC15 Arizona’s Politically Charged; KUSA’s Prone; The New York Times’ So They Know We Existed: Palestinians Film War in Gaza and Vice News Tonight’s Transnational.
Podcast and radio winners were three: Rumble Strip’s Finn and the Bell; NBC News’ Southlake; and NPR’s Throughline: Afghanistan: The Center of the World.
Finally, Netflix’s City of Ghosts won for children and youth programming.
Besides the program winners, WHYY Philadelphia’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross was this year’s Institutional Award winner, while former CBs News anchor Dan Rather was given the Peabody Career Achievement Award. Independent Russian TV channel Dozhd, which Russia blocked for its coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, won this year’s award for journalistic integrity. Peabody also made a special commendation in recognition of journalists killed globally in the last year.
The Peabody Awards are based at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Chosen unanimously by a board of 19 jurors, the Peabody 30 are considered the best selections from over 1,200 entries submitted from television, streaming media and podcasts/radio.
All of the acceptance videos are available for viewing here.
[Images of Hacks courtesy of WarnerMedia]