PBS Programs Receive 5 Peabody Awards

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Left image: ISIS training children. Courtesy of FRONTLINE. Right image: Protesters at India Gate, Delhi in December 2012. Courtesy of Getty.


On April 19, 21 and 26 the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication announced winners for the 75th Annual Peabody Awards for the best in electronic media for 2015. PBS programs received 5 awards including, FRONTLINE “Isis in Afghanistan,” INDEPENDENT LENS “India’s Daughter,” MASTERPIECE “Wolf Hall,” PBS NewsHour “Desperate Journey,” and POV “Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie).”

The Peabody Awards will be presented during a ceremony hosted by Keegan-Michael Key on May 21, 2016 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

A complete list of PBS winners follows. For a complete list of all Peabody Award winners, visit http://www.peabodyawards.com

PBS congratulates our programs and producers on their Peabody Awards! 


Making the most of a difficult, dangerous assignment, Afghani journalist Najibullah Quraishi and his producing team got deep into ISIS-held territory to document its growing power and appeal in Afghanistan, its conflict with the Taliban and, most unnerving, its indoctrination and weapons training of children as young as 5.

Assassin Films, BBC Storyville, UK-INDIA, and Tathagat Films in association with Gamini Plyatissa Foundation, Vital Voices Global Partnership, DR, Plus Pictures Aps, CBC News Network, SVT, IKON, RTS, SRF, and RAI

The internationally infamous 2012 gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old medical student, in Delhi is the impetus for this unflinching, deeply unflattering examination of the misogyny embedded in Indian society.

A Playground Entertainment and Company Pictures Production for BBC and MASTERPIECE in association with BBC Worldwide, Altus Media and Prescience

Based on Hilary Mantel’s celebrated novels about the intrigues of Henry VIII’s court, Wolf Hall is an intimate, humanized history, told from the viewpoint of the king’s main man, Thomas Cromwell. Enhanced by literate scripting and superb acting with historic-location and natural-light filming, this exceptional series sets a new standard for the genre.


Reporting on the men, women and children fleeing Syria and other Middle Eastern war zones, NewsHour’s "Desperate Journey" series captured the life and breadth of the worst displaced person crisis since World War II: the initial, inspirational hospitality of European hosts, the eventual resistance as the waves of humanity became overwhelming, and the hopes and horrors experienced by the refugees themselves.

A co-production of Portret Films, American Documentary | POV And Independent Television Service (ITVS) in association with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) with major funding provided by The Corporation For Public Broadcasting (CPB)

An activist on behalf of young, undocumented immigrants like herself, 24-year-old Angy Rivera, a New York City resident since she was 4, is the eloquent focus of this documentary. What makes it even more memorable is how filmmaker Mikaela Shwer uses Rivera’s story to illuminate the plight of untold numbers of immigrants living in secrecy and fear.