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March 31, 1999
NPR Wins 3 of 4 Peabody Awards Given for Radio
Performance Today, Africa Coverage and Paul Robeson Tribute Awarded Broadcasting's Most Prestigious Prize
WASHINGTON, DC — National Public Radio® was among the biggest winners of this year's George Foster Peabody Awards, claiming three of the four awards given to radio. The Peabody Awards are American broadcasting's most prestigious prize.
Peabodys were awarded to NPR® for its daily classical music magazine Performance Today®, its news coverage of Africa, and a documentary celebrating the life of Paul Robeson. NPR has now won 33 Peabody Awards in its 28 year history.
The awards committee singled out NPR's Performance Today, public radio's most listened-to classical music program, for "making serious music both contemporary and accessible." Each day, the program features concert performances from around the world, along with in-depth news and commentary about classical music.
NPR and its Johannesburg-based correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault were cited for in-depth news coverage of Africa. These reports aired nationally on NPR's signature newsmagazines All Things Considered® and Morning Edition®. Hunter-Gault won a 1985 Peabody for her work on The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour.
NPR also won a Peabody for I Must Keep Fightin': The Art of Paul Robeson, a powerful portrait of the legendary performer and human rights activist. This one-hour special used rarely heard archival recordings to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Robeson's birth. It was produced by NPR's Elizabeth Blair.
National Public Radio, a membership organization of 604 public radio stations nationwide, produces and distributes the award-winning programs Talk of the Nation®, Weekend Edition® and CarTalk®.