Peabody Award Winners Announced

Apr 5, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Rude, righteous and rock-’em, sock ’em TV series were among the 32 winners of the 65th Annual Peabody Awards announced Wednesday by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Comedy Central’s proudly offensive “South Park, Fox’s prickly “House” and ABC’s preachy “Boston Legal” were among the winners of the awards, given to recognize the best in electronic media.

The bad-cops drama “The Shield” produced the first Peabody for FX.

Sci Fi Channel also won its first Peabody for the post-apocalyptic “Battlestar Galactica.”

Sundance Channel became a Peabody winner for the first time for presenting “The Staircase,” French filmmaker Jean Xavier de Lestrade’s eight-part documentary about a North Carolina murder case.

Hurricane Katrina coverage from “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and CNN earned a Peabody for each news organization.

Other news winners included KNBC-TV in Los Angeles for “Burning Questions,” a four-part investigative series that confirmed health and safety concerns about a multi-acre commercial-residential development built on a site that includes a leaking subterranean gas reservoir.

KMEX-TV, the Univision station in Los Angeles, won for “15% of the United States,” a 19-part series inspired by the book “La Nueva California: Latinos in the Golden State.”

Programming seen on public broadcasting stations earned four Peabodys, including one for “American Masters: No Direction Home-Bob Dylan,” directed by Martin Scorsese.

Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and a two-time Peabody winner, will emcee the June 5 awards luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

A complete list of winners is available at www.peabody.uga.edu.

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