Peabody Awards/2006

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The 66th Annual Peabody Award winners were announced on April 4th, 2007. The awards ceremony will be on June 4th at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Sportscaster Bob Costas will be the master of ceremonies.

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Winners

News Programming

  • Defective Parts on Blackhawk Helicopters - WTNH-TV, New Haven, CT
WTNH reporters' investigation of quality-control issues at an important local employer, Sikorsky Aircraft, prompted corrective action and a corporate shakeup.
  • Left Behind: The Failure of East St. Louis Schools - KMOV-TV, St. Louis, MO
In 21 reports broadcast over a seven month period, KMOV exposed the school district`s violation of state and federal rules regarding special education and uncovered the school board`s awarding of more than 100 political or nepotistic jobs.
Inspiring but not schmaltzy, this program tracks the learning curve of a wide-eyed, first-year middle-school teacher in Atlanta who discovers her job demands skills and resources as well as idealism.
A 60 Minutes team led by correspondent Ed Bradley delved into the allegations of rape against Duke University lacrosse players and stopped a prosecutorial rush to judgment in its tracks.
  • Prescription Privacy/Cause for Alarm - WTHR-TV, Indianapolis, IN
A pair of reports – one on inadequate tornado-warning sirens, the other on drug stores' willy-nilly disposal of clients' personal data were enterprising investigations, calls for action – and great local television.
  • ABC News Brian Ross Investigates: Conduct Unbecoming - ABC
Brian Ross' broadcasts and web postings about Rep. Mark Foley's sexually explicit emails to young Congressional pages triggered new revelations, speeded Foley's resignation and may have affected the outcome of the November elections.
  • Command Mistake - WISH-TV, Indianapolis, IN
In a local-station investigation that spread to three continents, WISH demonstrated that U.S. Marines are sustaining head injuries that can kill or cost millions to rehab – merely for lack of helmet padding that costs $30.

Documentaries

The Galapagos islands, a fascinating microcosm of Earth, inspired this melding of cinematography and musical score cited by Peabody board members as "stunning," "amazing" and "astonishing."
Ric Burns's documentary places Warhol at the center of the late 20th century art world and shows how his work, notoriety and life embodied and influenced the culture of his time.
  • For My Country? Latinos in the Military - mun2
This probing but even-handed documentary examines the social, cultural and economic realities that lead a demographically disproportionate number of young Latinos to enlist in the military and questions whether they are being targeted by recruiters.
Filmed at the 86th Combat Support Hospital and presented without commentary or narration, this documentary is a horrifying and humbling testament to the dedication of medical personnel confronting the overwhelming brutality of war.
A television producer who suffered a brain injury confounds a dire prognosis. He not only makes a significant recovery but creates a wildly inventive film about his experience.
Spike Lee's examination of Hurricane Katrina's devastation and the government's neglect of New Orleans in the storm's aftermath is an epic chronicle of destruction and broken promises, a heartrending document and a profound work of art.
  • Out of Control: AIDS in Black America - ABC
In a prime-time news hour, ABC explored the reasons for and consequences of a shockingly underreported fact – that blacks, who make up 13 percent of the U.S. population, now account for more than 50 percent of new cases of HIV infection.
Masterful simply as filmmaking, disturbing as connect-the-dot reportage, this documentary links President Eisenhower's famous warning about the "military-industrial complex" to six ensuing decades of American interventions abroad, to terrorism and to the war in Iraq.

Entertainment

Series

Non-Documentary Movies