In a memo to CNNers today, Jim Walton congratulated staffers for earning a 2005 Peabody Award for the network’s coverage of Katrina and its aftermath.
“Our Hurricane Katrina coverage also demonstrated our dedication to the story. Tough, emotional stories dominated our coverage with many images and reports from our air becoming iconic,” he wrote. The full message is after the jump…
To: CNN Staff
From: Jim Walton
I am pleased to announce that this morning we won a Peabody Award for our distinguished coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
In honoring CNN with its 10th Peabody, the judges wrote: “No other national, 24-hour news service provided more essential, up-to-the-minute information for viewers, listeners and online users. CNNâ€™s continuous live coverage became a go-to channel for the most current news about Katrina and its effects.”
In those brief words, the judges recognized what we have known for some time: When news matters, the world depends on CNN. And they donâ€™t just rely on our television broadcasts but on CNN content provided across numerous platforms, from our radio programming to CNN.com to mobile devices and phones.
Our Hurricane Katrina coverage also demonstrated our dedication to the story. Tough, emotional stories dominated our coverage with many images and reports from our air becoming iconic.
Please accept my most sincere congratulations.