Belo’s WWL New Orleans, McGraw-Hill’s KMGH Denver, Landmark’s KLAS Las Vegas and the Hearst-Argyle Television group are among the 36 winners of 2008 Peabody Awards, announced in a live webcast this morning. NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS are also honored for excellence in news and entertainment.
Three commercial TV stations — Belo’s WWL New Orleans, McGraw-Hill’s KMGH Denver and Landmark’s KLAS Las Vegas — and the Hearst-Argyle Television group are among the 36 winners of 2008 Peabody Awards, it was announced in a live webcast this morning.
Each of the stations won for investigative news.
WWL, a CBS affiliate, was cited for an investigation into possible corruption and mismanagement by a city agency charge with helping the poor and elderly recover from Hurricane Katrina. The stations dogged reporting led to a criminal investigation.
KMGH, an ABC affiliate, was honored for a series of investigative reports over nearly two years by John Ferrugia on the failure of the county social welfare agencies in Colorado to prevent the deaths of as many as 13 children.
And CBS affiliate KLAS merited a Peabody on the strength of an in-depth report (Crossfire: Water, Power and Politics) on the efforts by Las Vegas to tap into groundwater in rural areas and the adverse impact it would have local populations.
Hearst-Argyle won for its group-wide commitment to issue-oriented coverage of the political campaigning in 2007 and 2008 — a commitment that included five minutes a day of news coverage at each of its 25 stations (10 minutes in the 30 days leading up to the elections) as well as debates, one-one-interviews, candidate profiles and related Web content.
First presented in 1941, the George Foster Peabody Awards recognize excellence in programming in electronic media, which traditionally has meant radio and TV, but now also includes the Internet. The programming can take any form: news, documentaries, entertainment and public affairs.
The awards were announced during a live webcast hosted by awards director Horace Newcomb and board chairman Ron Simon from the University of Georgia, which administers the awards through its Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications.
The awards will be presented at a May 18 luncheon at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. NBC News Brian Williams is set to host.
In the 2008, the Peabodys continued to embrace the Web as a full-fledged purveyor of electronic news and information, giving awards to the New York Times Web site, the Onion News Network and YouTube.
Among the other broadcast TV winners:
NBC’s Saturday Night Live for satire of the national political campaigning.
NBC for its coverage of the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics
ABC for the cultish dramatic series Lost.
CBS’s 60 Minutes for a Scott Pelley-reported segment on Remote Area Medical, which finds its free medical services now in high demand in the U.S.
NBC News and correspondent Richard Engel for a report from the front line of Afghanistan.
PBS for Washington Week with Gwen Ifill.
The remaining winners:
This American Life: The Giant Pool of Money (Public Radio International)
Coverage of 2008 Presidential Primary Campaigns and Debates (CNN)
Depression: Out of the Shadows (PBS) — Twin Cities Public Television and WGBH Boston
The New York Times Web site (www.nytimes.com)
Black Magic (ESPN)
Jungle Fish (KBS 2TV) — Korean Broadcasting System
China: The Earthquake of Chengdu (National Public Radio)
Hopkins (ABC News)
John Adams (HBO)
Hear and Now (HBO)
Independent Lens: King Corn (PBS)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
The Gates (HBO)
The Red Race (Shanghai TV Station)
36 Years in Solitary: Murder, Death and Justice on Angola (NPR/All Things Considered)
Avatar: The Last Air Bender (NICK)
Ape Genius (PBS) – NOVA
Sichuan Earthquake Coverage (Sichuan Television)
Independent Lens: Mapping Stem Cell Research — Terra Incognita (PBS)
P.O.V.: Campaign (PBS)
The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD Series
Onion News Network (www.theonion.com)
Turner Classic Movies (TCM)