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article image'Jeopardy' wins a Peabody Award; luncheon ceremony is May 21

By Tim O'Brien     Apr 4, 2012 in Technology
"Jeopardy" has just bagged a Peabody. So has Stephen Colbert. OK, wait just a minute. Before we go any further, let's answer this question. What is a Peabody?
According to the organization itself, "The Peabody Awards recognize distinguished achievement and meritorious service by broadcasters, cable and Webcasters, producing organizations, and individuals."
"The range of the Peabody Awards’ search for excellence has never been wider or deeper than this year," said Horace Newcomb, Director of the Peabody Awards.
Now, that should clear it up, right? Maybe not, here is more.
Named after George Foster Peabody, these awards were first handed out in 1941. They used the idea behind the Pulitzer Prize as a guide for these honors. It has been noted that there is no set number that can be awarded in any given year, but not more than 38 can be given out. Again, the intent is "to recognize the most outstanding achievements in electronic media, including radio, television and cable."
"Local news organizations covered stories with international import as well as those significant within their communities. Documentaries and news reports on issues missed or overlooked by big organizations were available on websites. Comedians engaged in political actions. Radio proved again the power of the individual human voice. Drama took on issues of power and control. Images of disaster appeared alongside images of hope and freedom," added Newcomb.
This year, the total winners was indeed the maximum with 38 and were announced by representatives from the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Now, as these were announced today (April 4) they will not be formally presented until May 21 with a luncheon hosted by Sir Patrick Stewart. The 71st Annual George Foster Peabody Awards ceremony will be held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
"Patrick Stewart, the first actor to host the Peabody Awards Presentation Luncheon, brings a career that perfectly illustrates the breadth of the Peabody Award," said Newcomb.
CNN: Reporting of the Arab Spring including Worldwide Coverage: "Egypt - Wave of Discontent and Uprising in Libya".
PBS: "American Experience"- For three documentaries "Triangle Fire," Freedom Riders" and "Stonewall Uprising."
NPR: "Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families"
National Public Radio
PBS: "Austin City Limits" (PBS)
KLRU-TV, Austin, TX, PBS
Syndicated: "Jeopardy!"
PBS: "POV: My Perestroika"
Comedy Central: "The Colbert Report - Super PAC Segments"
CNN Heroes: "An All-Star Tribute"
NPR: "StoryCorps 9/11"
KBDI Dever and NETA stations: "Who Killed Chea Vichea?"
TVB Jade Channel" News Magazine: "People’s Republic of Cheating and
Misjudged Cases"
Showtime: "Homeland"
Fuji TV: "The Untold Stories of the Tsunami in Japan"
Human Rights Watch: "Acting Up: Russia’s Civil Society" and
"Gold’s Costly Dividend: The Porgera Joint Venture" (
HBO: "Earth Made of Glass"
NPR member stations: "Arab Spring from Egypt to Libya"
HBO: "Game of Thrones"
CNN: "Restoring the American Dream: Fixing Education and Fareed Zakaria's "GPS: Interpretation and Commentary on Iran"
PBS: "Bhutto"
HBO: "Tremé"
IFC: "Portlandia"
KING-TV: "Their Crime, Your Dime"
BBC1: "Somalia: Land of Anarchy"
Al Jazeera English: Al Jazeera’s Coverage of the Arab Awakening
KPHO-YV: "Toxic Secrets"
Showtime: "Rebirth"
CBS: "Evening News with Scott Pelley: Inside Syria"
NBC: "Parks and Recreation"
KLAS-TV: "Desert Underwater"
NHK: "Surviving the Tsunami"
WEWS-TV: "Operation Deep Freeze"
PBS: "American Masters: Charles and Ray Eames - The Architect and the Painter"
PTS: "A Year in the Clouds"
ABC News: "Brian Ross Investigates: Peace Corps - A Trust Betrayed" - "20/20"
On Location
SABC 1: "Intersexions"
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