Peabody Awards/2005

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The 65th Annual Peabody Award winners were announced on April 5th, 2006. The awards ceremony followed on June 5th at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. It was hosted by comedian and two-time Peabody winner Jon Stewart.



News Programming

  • Hurricane Katrina - WLOX-TV, Biloxi, MS
Hurricane Katrina ripped the roof off WLOX's newsroom, toppled one of its transmitting towers and destroyed two of its bureaus, yet courageous employees of the station broadcast 12 consecutive days of life-saving news and information to its storm-shocked Gulf Coast viewers.
  • Preparation and Coverage of Hurricane Katrina - WWL-TV, New Orleans, LA
From pre-storm advisories to investigative reports on why the levees failed, WWL's coverage of Hurricane Katrina began two days before the storm battered and swamped New Orleans and continued, unbroken, thanks to careful pre-planning and dedicated personnel, 99 percent of whom stayed on the job.
NBC's stated goal was to cover the aftermath of Katrina "with as many resources and as much time and intensity" as it had devoted to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This commitment on the part of a broadcast network resulted in extraordinary coverage and analysis.
  • CNN Coverage of Hurricane Katrina and Aftermath - CNN
No other national, 24-hour news service provided more essential, up-to-the-minute information for viewers, listeners and online users. CNN's continuous live coverage became a go-to channel for the most current news about Katrina and its effects.
  • Burning Questions - KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, CA
KNBC-TV's four-part investigative series confirmed health and safety concerns about a multi-acre commercial-residential development built on a site that includes a leaking subterranean gas reservoir.
  • How Far Will the Army Go? - KCNC-TV, Denver, CO
An enterprising high-school journalist and KCNC-TV teamed up to document U.S. Army recruiters helping a prospective recruit to forge a diploma and beat a drug test.
  • A Place of Our Own (Los Ninon en Su Casa) - KCET-TV, Los Angeles, CA
This public-service project, designed to provide parents and child-care providers with information about helping kindergarteners develop social, emotional and cognitive skills, included daily TV programs and web sites in Spanish and English and more than 200 bi-lingual outreach workshops.
  • 15% of the United States - KMEX-Univision 34, Los Angeles, CA
Inspired by the book "La Nueva California, Latinos in the Golden State," KMEX-Univision 34's 19-part series examined the past, present and future of the Latino community, revealing diversity and contributions far beyond the usual television depictions.


  • China: A Million Steps Ahead - TVE, Madrid, Spain
More than 100 million Chinese have moved from the countryside to cities in the past 10 years. The documentary gets both the big picture and smaller, personal stories of miraculous, historically unprecedented cultural and economic shifts.
  • American Experience: Two Days in October - PBS
This extraordinary installment of WGBH Educational Foundation's "American Experience" juxtaposed concurrent 1967 events – the ambush of an American battalion by Viet Cong and a student protest in Wisconsin – to illuminate a turning point in the Vietnam War.
Resourceful, physical risk-taking reporting about a Nigerian doctor's crusade against counterfeit drugs illuminates an international scourge that extends to industrialized nations as well as the Third World.
  • P.O.V.: Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed - PBS
Not just a lively remembrance of Shirley Chisholm, the United States' first female presidential candidate, this documentary is also a thoughtful analysis of the viability of third-party candidates.
  • American Masters: No Direction Home -- Bob Dylan - PBS
Pulling together never-before-seen archival footage and interviews, director Martin Scorsese creates as artful and intimate portrait of the poet, jester and raspy voice of his generation as we're ever likely to see or hear. Don't think twice, it's all right.
Audio dynamite, this consistently surprising eight-part radio series explores how electricity changed – and continues to change – how we hear music, how we play it, even what we think it is or can be.
  • BBC DoNation Season: Life on the List - BBC
Public service campaigns rarely combine the potential and power of electronic media – TV, radio, online, interactive – in ways as effective as this concerted appeal for organ donors.
Not a professor or celebrity in sight. Just men and women, white as well as black, recalling their personal experience of "the movement." The History Channel special was eloquent, moving, invaluable.
A controversial murder case in Durham, N.C., is merely the backdrop for the intimate, grippingly constructed eight-chapter documentary in which director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade explores a complex defendant, his divided family and his spare-no-expense defense.
  • The Queen of Trees - BBC2
Impeccable, creative cinematography aside, the wondrous thing about this study of a single sycamore fig, Africa's queen tree, is that it's a microcosm of the eco-complexity of the Earth at large.
  • Children of Beslan - HBO
Terrorists' September 2004 siege of a Russian elementary school recalled in the words of children ages 6 to 12 who survived it. The simplest and most direct of several documentaries on the subject, and the most shattering.


Non-Documentary Movies