Winners of this year’s Peabody Awards, announced Wednesday, were wide-ranging — from coverage of the Arab Spring to the hipster mockery of “Portlandia.”
The Peabody, which honors excellence in electronic media, is one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in broadcasting. This year’s winners reflect changing audiences, with Web sites and Web-only series amid the television heavyweights on the winners’ list.
In news, CNN, CBS, Al Jazeera, and NPR were honored for their coverage of uprisings in the Middle East, with NPR’s foreign correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro singled out for “eloquently describing events or passing her microphone to everyday protesters or regime supporters.” PBS’s “American Experience” and CNN’s “Heroes” also received accolades. On the web, TED, the BBC, and Global Post were honored for their reporting. See the full list of winners on the Peabody Award Web site.
On TV, some of the most critically-lauded shows of the year are taking home an award — along with a beloved game show.
• “Portlandia,” “A funhouse mirror reflection of Portland, Ore., a city that takes its progressivism – and its diet – very seriously. The satire is fresh, organic and cage-free.”
• “Game of Thrones”: “the series immerses viewers in a multilayered, distinctly imagined world of mysticism and earthiness, fidelity and deceit, wonder and mayhem.”
• “The Colbert Report”: “Launching his own Super PAC as a satirical protest against megabucks politics, Colbert mixed cerebral comedy with inspired sight gags, interviews and preposterously funny monologues.”
• “Homeland”: “A game of cat and mouse, a psychological thriller and a Rorschach test of post-9/11 doubts, fears and suspicions rolled into one.”
• “Tre mé“: “The storylines snake and swoop like an unhurried jazz jam in this rich drama in which everyday people get on with life in post-Katrina New Orleans.”
• “Parks and Recreation”: “This shrewd, good-natured comedy about parks department staff in Pawnee, Indiana, never condescends or caricatures. Instead it confronts the characters with problems from the trivial to the serious.”
• “Jeopardy”: ‘TV quiz shows for $500, please.’ ‘Encouraging, celebrating and rewarding knowledge is this Peabody Award winner’s legacy.’ Buzzzzz. ‘What is Jeopardy!?’ Correct.”