Journalists Wounded in Iraq Among Peabody Winners

Associated Press
Thursday, April 3, 2008

ATHENS, Ga., April 2 -- Stories about wounded Iraq veterans, reported by war-wounded TV journalists, won Peabody Awards on Wednesday.

Thirty-five recipients of the 67th annual George Foster Peabody awards for broadcasting excellence in news and entertainment were announced by the University of Georgia ahead of a June 16 ceremony in New York.

Peabodys went to "Wounds of War -- The Long Road Home for Our Nation's Veterans," a series of reports by ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff, and to "CBS News Sunday Morning: The Way Home" for Kimberly Dozier's report on two veterans who lost limbs in Iraq. Woodruff and Dozier survived near-fatal attacks while on assignment in Iraq.

CBS's "60 Minutes" won a Peabody for Scott Pelley's report, "The Killings in Haditha."

"The range of genres, the variety of topics and the consistently high quality of submissions for Peabody consideration indicated again that amazing work is being done in electronic media," Peabody Awards director Horace Newcomb said.

Awards also went to Discovery's "Planet Earth," which used HDTV technology to showcase natural wonders of the world; "Independent Lens" for "Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life"; and "NATURE: Silence of the Bees," an inquiry into the decline in the world's honeybee population from Thirteen/WNET.

"Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!," a weekly news quiz show produced by National Public Radio and Chicago Public Radio, also was honored; it features Peter Sagal and Carl Kasell and its regular panelists include P.J. O'Rourke, Paula Poundstone and The Washington Post's Roxanne Roberts.

WSLS-TV of Roanoke won for its news coverage titled, "Virginia Tech Shooting: The First 48 Hours."

Awards for entertainment series went to NBC's comedy "30 Rock" and Bravo's "Project Runway" -- the first reality show to win a Peabody. The award also went to the AMC advertising drama "Mad Men," Showtime's serial-killer drama "Dexter" and Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." Other recipients included "CNN Presents: God's Warriors"; the Sundance Channel documentary series "Nimrod Nation"; and "A Journey Across Afghanistan: Opium and Roses," a documentary from Bulgaria's Balkan News Corp.

Other honorees included "Whole Lotta Shakin'," the Texas Heritage Music Foundation's public-radio series chronicling the 1950s heyday of rockabilly, and "Univision's Ya Es Hora," a public service campaign on legal immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship.

The University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication has administered the Peabodys in Athens since the program's inception in 1940. The awards ceremony will be hosted by NBC anchor Brian Williams.

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