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The Peabody Awards

The Peabody Awards

Who We Are

Message from the Executive Director

Dr. Jeffrey P. Jones

Among the many things we claim about media, it is, ultimately, a place for storytelling. Through broadcasting and digital media, we invigorate each other through the power of stories. The Peabody Awards exist to recognize when storytelling is done well; when stories matter.

365体育滚球 These are stories that engage viewers as citizens as well as consumers. By recognizing specific programming, the Peabody Awards spotlight programs that demonstrate how media can defend the public interest, encourage empathy with others, and teach us to expand our understanding of the world around us. Such media achieves the highest standards and exists across genre and media platforms, across regions and borders. We are distinct from other industry awards, recognizing small, local programming alongside programs with larger production budgets. We award the best of the best.

When the first Peabody Award was given out in 1941, broadcasting meant radio. Before the decade was over, the scope of the award grew to include television, and by the late 20th century, that was redefined through cable. Early into the 21st century, we began to celebrate exemplary digital content, which continues to disrupt and reimagine our experience of stories. 

There are now over 500 scripted television shows, new platforms and exhibition spaces, a flood of podcasts, and a wealth of quality digital storytelling. Throughout the over 75-year history of this most prestigious prize, our goal has remained the same: to recognize stories that matter.- Dr. Jeffrey P. Jones

About the Director

365体育滚球 Jeffrey P. Jones is the Lambdin Kay Chair and Executive Director of the George Foster Peabody Awards at the University of Georgia. Jones became only the fifth director of the Peabody Awards in 2013. Prior to that, he was Director of the Institute of Humanities at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He holds a Ph.D. in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Auburn University.

Under Jones’s leadership, television specials celebrating Peabody-winning stories have been broadcast nationally for six of the past seven years, most recently on PBS. He also established the first-ever Boards of Directors (for both the East Coast and West Coasts), comprised of top-level media entertainment industry executives, as well as journalists, documentarians, radio/podcasters, public media and foundation executives, scholars and media impact partners. He also founded the Peabody Futures of Media Award recognizing digital storytelling excellence. In fall 2016, Jones oversaw the relaunch and rebranding of the Peabody Media Center, the scholarly research center and digital media production arm of the Peabody organization.

Professor Jones is the author and editor of six books, including Entertaining Politics: Satiric Television and Civic Engagement, Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era, and The Essential HBO Reader. Most recently, co-edited with Ethan Thompson and Lucas Hatlan, is Television History, the Peabody Archives, and Cultural Memory365体育滚球 through the University of Georgia Press. His research and teaching focuses on popular politics, or the ways in which politics are engaged through popular culture. He is a member of the Entertainment and Media Studies Department in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications. He hails from Auburn, Alabama.


Peabody Board of Directors

East Coast

John Huey (Chair)

365体育滚球Former Editor-in-Chief, Time Inc.

Philip Balboni

CEO and Co-Executive Editor, Daily Chatter

Nancy Barnes

Senior Vice President, NPR

Caty Borum Chattoo

Director, Center for Media & Social Impact, American University

Katie Couric

Journalist and Author; Founder, Katie Couric Media

Maria Cuomo Cole

Producer/Founder, Cuomo Cole Productions

Nancy Dubuc

365体育滚球CEO, Vice Media

Jessica Herrera-Flanigan

Vice President, Policy & Philanthropy, Americas at Twitter

Kerri Hoffman

CEO, PRX

Dave Isay

President and Founder, StoryCorps

Paula Kerger

President and CEO, PBS

Chris McCarthy

365体育滚球President, Entertainment & Youth Brands, ViacomCBS

Pat Mitchell

365体育滚球CEO and Producer; Founder, TEDWomen & Chair, Sundance Institute board

Courteney Monroe

CEO, National Geographic Global Networks

Sheila Nevins

365体育滚球Head, MTV Documentary Films, MTV Studios

Michele Norris-Johnson

Founding Director, The Race Card Project & Former NPR Host

Soledad O’Brien

Founder and CEO, Soledad O’Brien Productions

Jay Rosen

Professor, New York University

Malika Saada Saar

Senior Counsel, Civil and Human Rights, Google

Connor Schell

Executive Vice President, Content, ESPN

Regina Scully

365体育滚球Founder and CEO, Artemis Rising Foundation

Kashif Shaikh

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Pillars Fund

Neal Shapiro

President and CEO, WNET New York Public Media

Marcia Smith

365体育滚球Co-Founder and President, Firelight Media

West Coast

Bruce M. Ramer (Chair)

365体育滚球Partner, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown

Kevin Beggs

Chairman, Lionsgate Television

Casey Bloys

365体育滚球President, HBO Programming

Emerson Coleman

Senior Vice President, Programming at Hearst

Susanne Daniels

Global Head of Original Content, YouTube

Stephen Davis

Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer, Hasbro, Inc.

Craig Erwich

Senior Vice President, Head of Content, Hulu

Susie Fitzgerald

Executive Vice President, Scripted Programming, AMC and SundanceTV

Cliff Gilbert-Lurie

365体育滚球Senior Partner, Ziffren Brittenham LLP

Roma Khanna

CEO, Revolt Media and TV

David Kramer

Co-President, United Talent Agency

John Landgraf

Chairman, FX Networks and FX Productions

Steven Lafferty

Partner and Managing Director, Creative Artists Agency

Steve Mosko

365体育滚球CEO, Village Roadshow Entertainment

David Nevins

Chief Creative Officer, CBS Corporation and Chairman and CEO, Showtime Networks

Andy Patman

Co-Head, TV Literary Department, Paradigm Talent Agency

Rick Rosen

365体育滚球Head of Television, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment

Peter Roth

President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Television Group

Jennifer Salke

365体育滚球Head of Amazon Studios Inc.

Ted Sarandos

365体育滚球Chief Content Officer, Netflix

David Stapf

President, CBS Television Studios

Paul Telegdy

365体育滚球Co-chairman, NBC Entertainment

Zack Van Amburg

Head of Worldwide Programming, Apple


Peabody Board of Jurors

Martha Nelson (Chair)

Martha Nelson (Chair)

Former SVP and Editor-in Chief of Yahoo! and former Editor-in-Chief of Time Inc.

Lorraine Ali

Lorraine Ali

365体育滚球TV Critic, The Los Angeles Times

Marcy Carsey

Marcy Carsey

TV Producer, Co-Founder, Carsey-Werner Company

Henry Goldblatt

Henry Goldblatt

365体育滚球Former Editor in Chief of Entertainment Weekly

Dr. Herman Gray

Dr. Herman Gray

Emeritus Professor, Sociology, UC Santa Cruz

Dr. Jonathan Gray

Dr. Jonathan Gray

Professor, Media and Cultural Studies, UW–Madison

Karen Hall

Karen Hall

Veteran TV writer, producer, creative consultant

Dr. Dana A. Heller

Dr. Dana A. Heller

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Eastern Michigan University

Kathy Im

Kathy Im

365体育滚球Director of Journalism and Media; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Dr. Henry Jenkins

Dr. Henry Jenkins

Provost Professor, Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts, and Education, USC

Simon Kilmurry

Simon Kilmurry

Executive Director, International Documentary Association

Wonya Lucas

Wonya Lucas

President and CEO, Crown Media Family Networks

Kim Masters

Kim Masters

Editor-at-Large, The Hollywood Reporter; Host, KCRW’s "The Business"

Mark McKinnon

Mark McKinnon

365体育滚球Television producer and political analyst

Mike Monello

Mike Monello

Founder/Creative Director, Campfire

Monica Pearson

Monica Pearson

Former news anchor, WSB-TV, Atlanta

Naibe Reynoso

Naibe Reynoso

Executive Producer/ Host - "The Trend Talk Show"

John Seigenthaler

John Seigenthaler

365体育滚球Partner, DVL Seigenthaler and former anchor, NBC News

Anne Sweeney

Anne Sweeney

365体育滚球Former co-chair, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney/ABC Television Group


Origin of the Award

As radio rose in popularity in the late 1930s, The National Association of Broadcasters formed a committee to establish a prestigious award similar to the Pulitzer Prize for excellence in broadcasting. Lambdin Kay, manager of WSB Radio in Atlanta, asked John Drewry, dean of the University of Georgia’s Grady School of Journalism, to sponsor the award, upon the recommendation of Lessie Smithgall, a graduate who worked at the station.

The committee named the award posthumously for George Foster Peabody, a Georgia native and successful investment banker whose philanthropic interests included the university. The first awards were issued in 1941 for excellence in radio programming released during the previous year.

Since then, the Peabody Awards have steadily grown to include a wide range of broadcasting—from television to cable to streaming network programs. In 2003, the first website was added to the list of winners, and 2012 saw the first Peabody Award given to a blog. As the platforms for storytelling multiply, the Peabody Awards will continue to evolve, highlighting Stories That Matter across media.

Judging for the Peabody Awards is a rigorous, deliberative process based on the belief that face-to-face discussions among board members is the best possible way to adjudicate more than 1,200 entries that Peabody receives each year. The Peabody Awards judging process ensures that each and every entry receives full attention in its pursuit of excellence.  

365体育滚球The Peabody Board of Jurors is made up of media industry professionals and scholars, critics and journalists, each appointed by the executive director for a renewable three-year term of service. This mix of top-level thought leaders from varied backgrounds, all versed in media excellence, ensures that the list of winning programs will reflect the interests of a broad cross-section of audiences, rather than just media insiders. The board meets at least three times a year to view and discuss submissions, with the final session taking place at the University of Georgia, a testament to the integrity of the award and its protection from industry lobbying.

Since 2016, Peabody Awards include 60 nominees, of which 30 are recognized as winners. To receive a nomination and to win a Peabody, a program must be unanimously approved by jurors.


Staff Members

Lynh Tran

Associate Director for Strategy & Operations

Christine Drayer

365体育滚球Chief Marketing Officer

Michelle Bailey

Business Operations Manager

Margaret Blanchard

365体育滚球Communications Director

Molly Williams

Events & Sponsorship Coordinator

Wes Unruh

365体育滚球Digital Media Strategist

Stephen An

Assistant Video Editor

Dr. Taylor Cole Miller

Academic Director, Peabody Media Center

Martha Nelson (Chair)

365体育滚球Former SVP and Editor-in Chief of Yahoo! and former Editor-in-Chief of Time Inc.

Martha Nelson (Chair)

Martha Nelson is a fellow in the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. Prior to this, she was a senior vice president and global editor-in-chief at Yahoo. Before that, she capped a 20-year career at Time Inc. as its editor-in-chief, the first woman in the company's 90-year history to hold the title. She is the founding editor of InStyle magazine, where she launched 17 international editions, InStyle TV specials and InStyle.com. She went on to be the editor of People magazine, then editor of Time Inc.'s Style and Entertainment Group and then editorial director of Time Inc. Nelson's career also includes stints as managing editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture & Society, staff editor at Ms. Magazine, and editor-in-chief of Savvy magazine and Women's Sports & Fitness. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Glass House and as a trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and of the Actors Fund. Nelson received her bachelor's degree from Barnard College and resides in New York City.

. She has received numerous accolades and honors for her TV work, including 33 local and regional Emmys. In March 2012, the bi-partisan Georgia delegation to the U.S. Congress honored her on the floor of the U.S. House as "a true pioneer and a trailblazer in television news." She has taught part-time at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. In addition to degrees from the University of Louisville and the University of Georgia, she holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University), Oglethorpe University, American Bible University, and a Doctor of Public Service from Young Harris College.

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Naibe Reynoso

Executive Producer/ Host - "The Trend Talk Show"

Naibe Reynoso

365体育滚球Naibe Reynoso is an Emmy- and AP Award-winning journalist, host and media producer whose work spans television, radio and online news platforms. As a television journalist and producer, she has worked in the Denver, Phoenix, and Los Angeles television markets. She has served as a news, entertainment, and lifestyle reporter for Univision, Reelz Channel, CNN Español, and Fox News Latino. Reynoso is Co-Creator, Executive Producer and Host of "The Trend Talk Show," a entertainment and lifestyle English language show which highlights the community and airs in Los Angeles' MEtv Network. Earlier in her career, Reynoso was co-host and news anchor for Radiovisa, the Spanish-language talk-radio network. She also hosted and produced the children's education TV show, "Chiquitran," for KWHY-TV in Los Angeles, and won a regional Emmy for her work on "Mas Exitos" in Phoenix. Reynoso currently works as host and producer for Ora TV, Larry King's on-demand digital television network. Reynoso taught media and journalism classes at UCLA extension. She is a graduate of UCLA and hails from Los Angeles, where she still resides.

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John Seigenthaler

Partner, DVL Seigenthaler and former anchor, NBC News

John Seigenthaler

365体育滚球John Seigenthaler is an award-winning communications professional and recognized as one of the most skilled "storytellers" in the broadcast industry. He helps clients tell their stories creating visual and thought-provoking narratives that positively impact target audiences. Seigenthaler, a former NBC News anchor, develops strategic communications plans for corporations and high-profile C-level executives. His expertise spans crisis communications, social media strategy, media interview direction/training and video production. Seigenthaler is a former partner at Seigenthaler Public Relations, now DVL Seigenthaler, a Finn Partners Company. As an award-winning journalist, Seigenthaler anchored "NBC Nightly News Weekend" edition for almost a decade.

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Anne Sweeney

Former co-chair, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney/ABC Television Group

Anne Sweeney

Anne Sweeney is a member of the board of directors at Netflix, the board of trustees at the Mayo Clinic, and a Dean’s Distinguished Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Prior to embarking on a new chapter in the entertainment industry in 2015, she was co-chair, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, which includes The Walt Disney Company’s global entertainment and news television properties, owned television stations group, as well as radio and publishing businesses. Sweeney joined The Walt Disney Company in February 1996 as president of Disney Channel and executive vice president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks. Previously she was chairman and CEO of FX Networks, Inc. During her tenure there, she presided over the launch of two basic cable networks, entertainment-focused FX and FXM: Movies from Fox, Hollywood’s first studio-based movie network. Before joining Fox, Sweeney spent 12 years at Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite in various executive positions. She has repeatedly been named to The Hollywood Reporter’s “Most Powerful Woman in Entertainment” list, one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune and one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes.

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Lynh Tran

Associate Director for Strategy & Operations

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Christine Drayer

Chief Marketing Officer

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Michelle Bailey

Business Operations Manager

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Margaret Blanchard

365体育滚球Communications Director

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Molly Williams

365体育滚球Events & Sponsorship Coordinator

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Wes Unruh

365体育滚球Digital Media Strategist

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Stephen An

365体育滚球Assistant Video Editor

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Dr. Taylor Cole Miller

365体育滚球Academic Director, Peabody Media Center

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