For immediate release
March 27, 2002
Jessamyn Sarmiento
Jenny Lawhorn

NPR® Collects Two Peabody Awards For September 11 Coverage and Jazz Profiles®

WASHINGTON, D.C.-NPR today was awarded two George Foster Peabody Awards for broadcast excellence in 2001. The awards were given for NPR's coverage of events related to September 11, 2001, and for Jazz Profiles, a weekly jazz documentary program hosted by Nancy Wilson. NPR has received 39 Peabody Awards over its 32-year history.

Two additional Peabody Awards were given to public radio: one to SoundVision Productions for The DNA Files, a series distributed by NPR, and the other to Youth Radio, an independent organization that contributes coverage to NPR programming.

NPR's unique and thorough approach to covering September 11 "enabled audiences to mourn and reflect upon those unsettled days," Peabody judges said.

"Our coverage from the first day, and through the following three months and beyond, was designed to fulfill our mission to bring listeners the most in-depth and reasoned coverage of this unprecedented news story," said Kevin Klose, president and CEO. "We offered breaking news, smart talk, music and poetry all woven together."

"Listeners told us we gave them a calm and comforting place to go for news and solace as they tried to sort through the trauma of events," Klose continued. "This included the magnificent broadcasts which brought to listeners live memorial concerts from across the nation. We accomplished all this by joint coverage nationally with our more than 600 member stations."

NPR's Jazz Profiles is the only weekly documentary program on jazz in the United States. Singer Nancy Wilson hosts the series of one-hour programs chronicling the people, places, issues, styles, and events in jazz. With the actual voices of musicians and jazz experts, combined with illustrative music and Wilson's friendly and informative narration, Jazz Profiles not only tells the stories of jazz, but it makes those stories accessible - helping Americans to understand and appreciate what may be this country's greatest contribution to world culture.

"The Peabody that was received for Jazz Profiles recognizes the importance of jazz as a true American treasure," said Klose.

The DNA Files, a series of programs created by SoundVision Productions and distributed to public radio stations by NPR, received its award for its vivid, accessible explanation of the intricate building blocks of genetic science. Youth Radio won its award for enabling teenagers to express their views, experience civic engagement and develop critical thinking skills through segments produced for radio.

The NPR selections are among 34 winners that were announced March 27 by the University of Georgia's Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Peabody Award is among the most prestigious awards for broadcasting and cable excellence and given solely on merit rather than within designated categories. This year's winners were chosen from nearly 1,100 entries and will be honored at an awards ceremony on May 20th in New York City.

NPR, renowned for journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, serves a growing audience of nearly 20 million Americans each week via more than 680 public radio stations. NPR Online at brings hourly newscasts, news features, commentaries and live events to Internet users through original online reports, audio streaming and other multimedia elements. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR Worldwide, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network and throughout Japan via cable.