PBS NewsHour Wins Peabody

By Mark Joyella 

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PBS NewsHour has been named a Peabody Award winner, in the first round of winners–news, radio/podcast, web and public service–announced today.

Desperate Journey, a series on refugees fleeing Syria and other war zones in the Middle East, was selected by the judges for capturing “the life and breadth of the worst displaced person crisis since World War II: the initial, inspirational hospitality of European hosts, the eventual resistance as the waves of humanity became overwhelming, and the hopes and horrors experienced by the refugees themselves.”

HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel was also a winner, for its report The Killing Fields, which focused on the billion-dollar ivory trade and the slaughter of elephants.

More Peabody winners will be announced over the next week.