CNN, MSNBC, Vice News Win Peabody Awards

By Mark Joyella 

CNN, MSNBC and Vice News were among the winners of 2015 Peabody Awards, which the Peabody Board announced Monday. CNN was recognized for its coverage of delays in service at VA hospitals, as well as the network’s #BringBackOurGirls reporting on the kidnapping of 200 schoolgirls by Boko Haram in Nigeria:

CNN approached the Boko Haram kidnapping horror from many angles, even moving Isha Sesay’s daily show to Abuja to raise the profile of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Sesay’s tough, live-TV interviewing, along with high-risk field reporting of Nima Elbagir, Arwa Damon and other CNN journalists, made the network’s coverage comprehensive and indispensable.

Vice News won two Peabody awards, its first ever, for its series “The Islamic State” and “Last Chance High.”

NBC News was cited for its coverage of ISIS, and in particular, MSNBC and its “phenomenally well-briefed chief foreign correspondent” Richard Engel were named news winners:

Reports on NBC and MSNBC about the rise of ISIS had an unsurpassed depth, contextualization and clarity thanks in large part to NBC News’ chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, whose years of experience in the Middle East proved invaluable.

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