Who We Are
Message from the Executive Director
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
365体育滚球Former Editor-in-Chief, Time Inc.
CEO and Co-Executive Editor, Daily Chatter
Senior Vice President, NPR
Director, Center for Media & Social Impact, American University
Journalist and Author; Founder, Katie Couric Media
Producer/Founder, Cuomo Cole Productions
365体育滚球CEO, Vice Media
Vice President, Policy & Philanthropy, Americas at Twitter
President and Founder, StoryCorps
President and CEO, PBS
365体育滚球President, Entertainment & Youth Brands, ViacomCBS
365体育滚球CEO and Producer; Founder, TEDWomen & Chair, Sundance Institute board
CEO, National Geographic Global Networks
365体育滚球Head, MTV Documentary Films, MTV Studios
Founding Director, The Race Card Project & Former NPR Host
Founder and CEO, Soledad O’Brien Productions
Professor, New York University
Senior Counsel, Civil and Human Rights, Google
Executive Vice President, Content, ESPN
365体育滚球Partner, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown
Chairman, Lionsgate Television
365体育滚球President, HBO Programming
Senior Vice President, Programming at Hearst
Global Head of Original Content, YouTube
Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer, Hasbro, Inc.
Senior Vice President, Head of Content, Hulu
Executive Vice President, Scripted Programming, AMC and SundanceTV
365体育滚球Senior Partner, Ziffren Brittenham LLP
CEO, Revolt Media and TV
Co-President, United Talent Agency
Chairman, FX Networks and FX Productions
Partner and Managing Director, Creative Artists Agency
365体育滚球CEO, Village Roadshow Entertainment
Chief Creative Officer, CBS Corporation and Chairman and CEO, Showtime Networks
Co-Head, TV Literary Department, Paradigm Talent Agency
365体育滚球Head of Television, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Television Group
365体育滚球Head of Amazon Studios Inc.
365体育滚球Chief Content Officer, Netflix
Peabody Board of Jurors
Martha Nelson (Chair)
Former SVP and Editor-in Chief of Yahoo! and former Editor-in-Chief of Time Inc.
365体育滚球TV Critic, The Los Angeles Times
TV Producer, Co-Founder, Carsey-Werner Company
365体育滚球Former Editor in Chief of Entertainment Weekly
Dr. Herman Gray
Emeritus Professor, Sociology, UC Santa Cruz
Dr. Jonathan Gray
Professor, Media and Cultural Studies, UW–Madison
Veteran TV writer, producer, creative consultant
Dr. Dana A. Heller
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Eastern Michigan University
365体育滚球Director of Journalism and Media; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Dr. Henry Jenkins
Provost Professor, Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts, and Education, USC
Executive Director, International Documentary Association
President and CEO, Crown Media Family Networks
Editor-at-Large, The Hollywood Reporter; Host, KCRW’s "The Business"
365体育滚球Television producer and political analyst
Founder/Creative Director, Campfire
Former news anchor, WSB-TV, Atlanta
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.
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