Locals are winners at Peabody Awards

By Cory Bergman 

Local television stations were among today’s winners of the 69th annual Peabody Awards. From the press release:

“Awards went to “Under Fire: Discrimination and Corruption in the Texas National Guard,” a startling investigative series by Houston’s KHOU-TV that led to the firing of three Texas Guard generals; “Derrion Albert Beating,” a series of reports by Chicago’s WFLD-TV about the sidewalk murder of an honor student that had national repercussions; and “BART Shooting,” a series of reports in which KTVU-TV in Oakland, Calif., doggedly pursued the facts of a deadly, train-station confrontation.

“In the Peabody-honored “Up in Smoke,” Los Angeles’ KCET-TV explored the state’s cannabis culture and found, among other surprises, that medicinal marijuana clinics, thanks to an inadvertent regulatory loophole, outnumbered Starbucks shops in the city. In “Chronicle: The Gift,” WYFF 4 in Greenville, S.C., made a man’s tragic, accidental death the impetus of a public-service campaign on behalf of organ donation, showcasing the stories of the recipients his generosity saved.”

Also, NPR won a Peabody for npr.org, its “topically boundless web counterpart” and SesameStreet.org was honored for its “cheery, interactively educational web site.”

In all, there are 36 recipients this year of the Peabody Awards which, rightly, consider the content rather than the platform of programming and information.

Oh – and “Glee” won as well.