Winners of the 71st Annual Peabody Awards were announced April 4, and PBS programs were honored with seven wins, more than any other organization. Other public media outlets won an additional six trophies. Combined, public media took home more than a third of the 38 awards.
“Three exceptional documentaries – Triangle Fire, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/freedomriders/ and Stonewall Uprising – are recognized this year under the banner of this grand American history anthology.”
POV: My Perestroika
“Russia’s past, present and possible future are revealed in nuanced detail by this beautifully constructed film about five schoolmates, now adults, who lived through that country’s difficult transition from communism.”
POV: StoryCorps 9/11 (shared honor between POV & NPR) “The oral history project’s powerful response to the 9/11 anniversary presented authorized excerpts from interviews with survivors and victims’ relatives as well as YouTube postings of short animated features inspired by their remembrances.”
Independent Lens: Bhutto
“In this documentary, former Pakistani president Benazir Bhutto’s life story unfolded like an epic novel, with a fairy tale beginning, a martyr’s death and years of social awakening and political courage in between.”
American Masters: Charles and Ray Eames – The Architect and the Painter
“This fascinating and visually inventive biography demonstrates that the mid-century ‘modern’ furniture for which the Eamses are best remembered represents merely a fraction of their ingenious and influential design work.”
Austin City Limits
“Austin City Limits receives a rare Institutional Peabody Award. Thirty-seven seasons on air make it the world’s longest running live music television program. Concerts by the likes of Coldplay, Widespread Panic and Randy Newman made 2011 a banner year for the Lone Star State’s music showcase.”
NOVA: Surviving the Tsunami
“Combining its own archival footage with video shot by ordinary citizens, this documentary meticulously examines what happened the day the monster wave hit and what Japan’s people and leaders can learn from it.”
PBS and its member stations are America’s largest classroom, the nation’s largest stage for the arts and a trusted window to the world. In addition, PBS’s educational media helps prepare children for success in school and opens up the world to them in an age-appropriate way.
About Peabody Awards
The Peabodys, the oldest awards in broadcasting, are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes in electronic media. The Peabody Awards recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals. The 16-member Peabody Board is a distinguished panel of television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts. Selection is made by the board following review by special screening committees of UGA faculty, students, and staff.