For immediate release
March 30, 2000
NPR WINS TWO GEORGE FOSTER PEABODY AWARDS
First Peabody Award for Morning Edition with Bob Edwards;
Lost & Found Sound wins in the Documentary Category
National Public Radio® is among the biggest winners of this year's George Foster Peabody Awards, claiming two of the three given to radio. The Peabody Awards are American broadcasting's most prestigious prize. NPR has won 35 Peabody Awards in its 30-year history.
NPR® received the Peabody's Institutional Award for its morning news show, Morning Edition® with Bob Edwards. The Peabody Documentary Prize for Lost & Found Sound was awarded to NPR and The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, and Jay Allison. Lost & Found Sound is broadcast on All Things Considered®, and showcases a series of stories and sonic snapshots that capture American 20th century life through recorded sound.
"These awards are a tribute to the remarkable artistry of NPR hosts, reporters, producers, editors, and engineers, as well as the superb independent producers who create such thoughtful content for NPR programming and add so much to the lives of listeners to NPR stations nationwide. We are grateful to the Peabody Committee for honoring NPR with these awards," said Kevin Klose, President and Chief Executive Officer at NPR.
For 20 years, Morning Edition ® with Bob Edwards has been waking listeners with two hours of in-depth news. The most listened to public radio program, it provides the listener with the first accounts of events that occurred overnight, while previewing major stories expected in the day ahead. It has reported on business trends, the rise of new technology, important social issues, and provided compelling features on the arts, entertainment and sports. Veteran ABC News anchor Peter Jennings said, "Morning Edition with Bob Edwards deserves a Peabody. I can think of no more refreshing or stimulating way to begin every weekday morning."
Lost & Found Sound, broadcast weekly throughout 1999, is a collection of richly layered stories that explores the ways recorded sound captured and changed the course of history, and how the sound of daily life has changed over the last hundred years. The series features endangered sounds, vanishing voices, the merging of languages, stories of people possessed by sound and music, and the home recordings of public radio listeners. The series examines what Americans choose to capture in our radio broadcasts, home recordings and sonic obsessions, and how this reveals what we value, notice and preserve. Stories provide glimpses of the century caught in the sounds and personal reflections of everyday life, and great moments in history. Lost & Found Sound, a nationwide collaboration between NPR, independent producers, artists, radio stations, and listeners, is led by Executive Producers The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, and Jay Allison. Funding for the series is provided by: The National Endowment for the Arts, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and The National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Peabodys differ from other broadcast and cable awards because they are given solely on the basis of merit, rather than within designated categories. Judging is done by a 15-person national advisory board whose members include TV critics, broadcast and cable industry executives, and experts in culture and fine arts. Judges are under no restrictions on the number of annual winners that may be selected.
Renowned for its journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information, and cultural programming, NPR serves a growing audience of 14.6 million Americans each week via 625 public radio stations. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR Worldwidesm, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network and throughout Japan via cable.