Peabody Awards Honor NPR Amid Eclectic Mix

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The 2008 Peabody awards are out, honoring the best in electronic media. NPR took three awards for news coverage. The rest of the 36 winners reflect the changing media landscape.

The Peabody Awards — first handed out in 1941 — are administered by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

They are often eclectic, with brilliant sitcoms and moving documentaries having an equal chance at the honor. And this year's list includes a few entities that didn't exist a few years ago.

YouTube won for promoting democracy. The Onion News Network — a satirical Internet send-up of 24-hour cable news — also got an award, as did the TV shows Lost, Entourage and Saturday Night Live.

NPR won for slightly more serious fare.

All Things Considered took home the prize for its coverage of the Sichuan earthquake last year.

A three-part NPR series on solitary confinement at Louisiana's Angola Prison was described as "gripping." That series was reported by Laura Sullivan, edited by Steve Drummond and produced by Amy Walters.

And Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg took home awards for their work on the documentary "The Giant Pool of Money." The early coverage of the mortgage crisis was a joint production of This American Life (from Chicago Public Radio and Public Radio International) and NPR's news division.

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