The Peabody Awards judging panel unveiled the 30 programs representing the most compelling and thought-provoking stories published in broadcast and streaming media in 2021. Of the 30 winners, PBS led with six, followed by HBO/ HBO Max with four, Netflix with three, and Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and The New York Times each have two. Other winning networks and platforms include ABC, FX, KUSA, NBC News, NPR, Peacock, Rumble Strip and VICE.
The Peabody Awards were founded in 1940 at Grady College and are still based in Athens today.
“Whether it’s exposing injustices, detailing uncomfortable truths, or making us laugh uncontrollably, all of the winners have demonstrated how to tell a compelling story,” said Jeffrey Jones, executive director of Peabody. “With an ongoing pandemic, political obstructionism and senseless wars that continue to take and disrupt lives, these programs have overcome many obstacles to tell important stories that will stand the test of time. Peabody is proud to honor their incredible work.
Chosen unanimously by a panel of 19 jurors, the Peabody 30 are the best from more than 1,200 entries submitted by television, streaming media and podcast/radio. Entertainment winners like FX’s “Reservation Dogs,” Peacock’s “We Are Lady Parts,” and HBO Max’s “Sort Of” have delivered audiences hilarious, artistically evocative, and complex experiences of historically underrepresented and stereotypical communities at the television. Winners of documentaries such as Hulu’s “Summer of Soul (…Or When the Revolution Couldn’t Be Televised),” “Mr. SOUL!”, and Netflix’s “High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America” highlighted Black cultural history as central to American storytelling. The nine news winners of this year covered many pressing issues, including reporting on the January 6 insurgency, Afghanistan’s past and future, access to abortion, and trans rights. and The New York Times’ “Day of Rage: How Trump Supporters Took the US Capitol” documented a turning point in American democracy, while local media were named winners for their investigations into the deadly use of the prone position in arrests (KUSA), the lack of public resources for single parents facing housing insecurity (NBC Bay Area), and the erosion of civil liberties for protesters (ABC15 Arizona).
The 30 winners of the 82nd annual Peabody Awards were named during a multi-day virtual celebration from June 6-9. Video announcements and acceptances can be viewed on the 2022 Peabody Video Acceptance Videos webpage. Celebrity presenters announced each winner via a short video that included remarks from the winners. The full list of winners and presenters is below.
Peabody previously announced Fresh Air with Terry Gross as the winner of the Peabody Institutional Award of the Year. This distinctive honor recognizes institutions and organizations, as well as series and programs, for their enduring work and iconic impact on the media landscape and public imagination. Dan Rather was also named the winner of the Peabody Career Achievement Award. Dozhd, also known as TV Rain, the independent Russian television station blocked by state authorities for its coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, won the Peabody Award for Journalistic Integrity. Peabody also made special mention in recognition of journalists killed around the world in the past year.
In addition to these winners, the 30 winners of the 82nd Peabody Awards are:
- “Summer of Soul (…Or When Revolution Couldn’t Be Televised)” (Hulu/Searchlight Pictures/Onyx Collective)
- “Bo Burnham: Inside” (Netflix)
- “Dopesick” (Hulu)
- “Hacking” (HBO/HBO Max)
- “Reservation Dogs” (FX)
- “Sort of” (CBC/HBO Max)
- “The Underground Railroad” (Amazon Prime Video)
- “We Are Lady Parts” (Peacock and Channel 4)
- “The Wonderful Years” (ABC)
- “Exterminate All Brutes” (HBO/HBO Max)
- “High on the Hog: How African American Food Changed America” (Netflix)
- “In the Same Breath” (HBO/HBO Max)
- “Mayor” (PBS)
- “MR. SOUL!” (PBS)
- “My name is Pauli Murray” (Amazon Prime Video)
- “Philly DA” (PBS)
- “A Thousand Cuts” (PBS/GBH/FRONTLINE)
- “Finn and the Bell” (Rumble Strip)
- “Southlake” (NBC News)
- “Throughline: Afghanistan: Center of the World” (NPR)
- “The Date” (ABC News)
- “Day of Rage: How Trump Supporters Took the US Capitol” (The New York Times)
- “Escape from Eritrea” (PBS/GBH/FRONTLINE)
- “January 6 Report” (PBS NewsHour)
- “NBC Bay Area: ‘The Moms of Magnolia Street’ & ‘No Man’s Land: Fighting for Paternity in a Broken System'” (NBC Bay Area)
- “Politically Charged” (ABC15 Arizona)
- “TREND” (KUSA)
- “‘So They Know We Exist’: Palestinians Film Gaza War” (The New York Times)
- “Transnational” (VICE News Tonight)
Children and young people
- “Ghost Town” (Netflix)
Date: June 9, 2022
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