Peabody Awards/2008

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The 68th Annual Peabody Award winners were announced on April 1, 2009. The awards ceremony will be on May 18 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. NBC Nightly News anchor [[Brian Williams (II)}|Brian Williams]] will be the master of ceremonies.


Radio and general online winners are not included as they are beyond the scope of this wiki for a complete list see the official list.
An exponential magnification of what was once known in television as a "spectacular," the Beijing opening ceremony was crafted and choreographed by creative director Zhang Yimou, executive produced by Dick Ebersol and directed by Bucky Gunts.
  • Coverage of 2008 Presidential Primary Campaigns and Debates - Cnn.gif CNN
With state-of-the-art technology and a small army of reporters, producers and analysts, CNN gave viewers unparalleled coverage of a historic presidential election process.
Hollywood gets an affectionately merciless tweaking in this picaresque about an ambitious male starlet, his posse of pals, and his multi-faced agent.
The documentary explored the many forms of depression and an expanding range of treatment strategies as it dispelled the stigma that often inhibits action and fostered hope.
This unusually penetrating sports documentary illuminated the lives of African-American basketball players and their coaches at historically black colleges and universities during the civil rights era.
  • Jungle Fish - KBS 2TV, South Korea
Interactive blogging was integral to the plot of this handsome film, a stylized slice of life among students at a ruthlessly competitive South Korean high school.
  • NOAH Housing Program Investigation - WWL-TV, New Orleans, LA
Dogged inquiry by anchor/reporter Lee Zurik embarrassed the New Orleans Authority Housing Program, a non-profit agency intended to help poor and elderly victims of Hurricane Katrina, and prompted a federal investigation of its misuse of funds.
All-access filmmaking in the corridors and operating rooms of a fabled teaching hospital produced human drama of open-heart intensity.
The late-night legend stole the election-year thunder from its satirical competition on cable and may have swayed the race itself.
The American Revolution was made flesh and blood in this richly detailed miniseries focused on the political evolution of colonial lawyer John Adams and his wife, Abigail.
This moving documentary explored the consequences -- positive, negative, unforeseen -- of the decision by a 60-something couple, deaf since birth, to undergo cochlear implant surgeries.
Thoughtful, informed and timely, the political talk show that sets the standard for the genre supplemented its contribution to the national discourse in 2008 with a series of live events far outside the Beltway.
Starting off like a post-grad goof -- two college buddies plant one acre of corn and follow it to market -- the documentary ended up raising questions about everything from crop subsidies to animal cruelty to our obesity epidemic: What's in YOUR gullet?
Bleak, harrowing, sometimes improbably funny, the series chronicled the consequences of a mild-mannered, dying science teacher's decision to secure his family's future by cooking methamphetamine.
Filmmakers explored how the now-celebrated Central Park installation by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude came to be in this memoir of a creative process that survived a 24-year odyssey of bureaucratic hoop-jumping.
Without narration or judgment, this documentary, riveting from its first frame, depicted the rigorous training of China's potential gymnastic stars, age 6.
Unusually complex characters and healthy respect for the consequences of warfare enhanced this American-made, anime-influenced martial-arts adventure.
  • Crossfire: Water, Power and Politics - KLAS-TV, Las Vegas, NV
This network-quality documentary by Las Vegas' CBS affiliate was a brave, meticulous examination of a plan to pipe massive amounts of water from rural Nevada to booming Sin City and the potential consequences for ranchers, farmers, Native Americans and the environment.
A synthesis of the latest research on the intelligence and creative capacity of gorillas and other great apes, this stimulating documentary also explored what it means to be human.
The world of the uninsured and underinsured in America was unforgettably illuminated by this report about a free-clinic mission, designed for Third World communities, that set up shop in Tennessee for a weekend and treated hundreds of patients.
Breezily mixing metaphysics, quantum physics, romance and cliffhanger action, the genre-bending series about a group of air-crash survivors on a mysterious island has rewritten the rules of television fiction.
When a massive earthquake devastated its province, Chengdu-based Sichuan Television dispatched its camera crews and for several days was the only source of images for TV news organizations around the world.
Neither scientific facts nor ethical complexity nor emotional drama was sacrificed in this documentary about a neurologist who took up stem-cell research after his beloved daughter suffered a spinal injury.
Soda Kazuhiro's revealing, sometimes painfully funny documentary observed the ragged political campaign of a naif handpicked and backed by Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
  • Failling the Children: Deadly Mistakes - KMGH-TV, Denver, CO
Motivated by the starvation death of a 7-year-old boy, the station's persistent investigation turned up systemic incompetence in Denver's Department of Human Services, and then broadened into a state-wide story.
A series that redeems the reality-contest genre, this face-off competition among upstart fashion designers demands, displays and ultimately rewards creativity that can`t be bluffed.
Human decency rises to confront human atrocity in this powerful, newly documented remembrance of a small group of Westerners who saved thousands of Chinese during the 1937 "rape of Nanking" by Japanese invaders.
Exemplars of public-service broadcasting, 25 Hearst-Argyle stations fulfilled a company mandate with extensive reporting on candidates and issues in their respective communities and supplemented on-air reports with online forums, profiles and debate coverage.
The satirical tabloid's online send-up of 24-hour cable-TV news was hilarious, trenchant and not infrequently hard to distinguish from the real thing.
It's a wonderful network, this dedicated presenter and preserver of vintage films, and after 15 years, no other in the cable spectrum has stayed truer to its original mission.