Peabody 76 makes PBS and FUSION broadcast debut

Peabody is proving to be a lot more than an awards show these days.

Coming off the high of its 75th ceremony last year, Peabody is capitalizing on its maturity and academic foundation at the University of Georgia through the relaunch of the Peabody Media Center and the growth of the Peabody Student Honor Board. However, its biggest evolution this year is the announcement that the Peabody Awards ceremony will be televised nationally on PBS and FUSION.

The Peabody Awards ceremony returns this year on Saturday, May 20 at Cipriani Wall Street. The host of the 76th annual awards is Rashida Jones, who was a cast member of the Peabody Award-winning “Parks and Recreation.”

While Peabody is expecting a sell-out crowd for the ceremony, the big audience for the presentation will be Friday, June 2, when a 90-minute television special of the ceremony is broadcast on PBS and co-broadcast on the cable network FUSION. This year marks the first time the awards will air nationally on a major broadcast network.

“PBS is a great fit for Peabody,” said Jeffrey P. Jones, now in his fourth year as Lambdin Kay Chair and director of Peabody. “Like public television’s own mandate to supply informative and critical information to citizens, Peabody Award-winning stories are ones that all citizens should watch, hear, and attend to. And, of course, the best way to call attention to those stories is to be on the fifth most-watched network, which is PBS.”

“The Peabody Awards will be seen by more viewers than ever before thanks to our agreement with PBS and FUSION, and we couldn’t have better partners,” Grady College Dean Charles Davis said. “Our goal has been to increase the visibility of one of the crown jewels of Grady College and of the University of Georgia, and thanks to the fabulous work of the Peabody Awards team, we’ve done just that. Our college and our university benefit mightily from the prestige of the Peabody Awards and we’re delighted to be able to share it with more Americans than ever before.”

The Peabody Media Center has named six recipients of the second Annual Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Awards, selected by the Peabody Student Honor Board. The Futures of Media awards will be presented at the Hotel Eventi on Friday, May 17.

The first Peabody Awards were presented in 1941 and were created by then Grady College Dean John Drewry and WSB station manager Lambdin Kay. The Peabody Awards have been housed in Grady College since the beginning.

The 30 Peabody winners were selected from a group of 60 Peabody finalists.

2016 Peabody Award Winners from Peabody Awards on Vimeo.

The 30 Peabody winners to be recognized at the 76th annual Peabody Awards include:


Norman Lear




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“4.1 Miles”
“FRONTLINE: Confronting ISIS”
“Hip-Hop Evolution”
“Independent Lens: Trapped”
“O.J.: Made in America”
“POV: Hooligan Sparrow”
“Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four”
“Zero Days”


“Better Things”
“Happy Valley”
“Horace and Pete”
“National Treasure”


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“Charity Caught on Camera”
“Dangerous Exposure”
“Heart of an Epidemic, West Virginia’s Opioid Epidemic”
“ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Undercover in Syria, Battle for Mosul”

Public Service

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“Hell And High Water”