For immediate release
April 9, 2005
Jenny Lawhorn, 202.513.2754

NPR Wins Peabody Award for Iraq Reporting

WASHINGTON, DC -- NPR's coverage of the aftermath of the Iraq war has been recognized with a George Foster Peabody Award for broadcast excellence in 2004. Peabody judges cited NPR for documenting "the turbulent aftermath of the U.S. invasion of Iraq with insight, rigor, and narrative balance." This marks the 42nd Peabody Award NPR has received over its 35-year history.

NPR member station WNYC in New York also won Peabody recognition for the weekly newsmagazine On the Media, which is distributed by NPR. "On the Media reminds us that the messenger is always part of the message and must be examined as such," said the judges.

The 32 winners of the 64th Annual Peabody Awards were announced April 8th by the University of Georgia's Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

"We're deeply gratified by these Peabody awards, which honor the outstanding work of NPR's correspondents and producers in Iraq and the work of many others in public radio. We're especially pleased that WNYC's On the Media also has earned this distinction," said Kevin Klose, NPR's president and CEO. "The continued growth of listenership to public radio reflects the dedication our nonprofit community to quality journalism and analysis."

"The story of Iraq after the war was a story that was more complex and difficult to report than the war itself," said Bruce Drake, vice president for NPR News. "NPR was committed to comprehensively report on the events and forces shaping Iraq during this period because they will determine its future, and the stakes for the U.S., for years to come. I am particularly proud of our correspondents and producers who showed such courage and resourcefulness in the field on a story that required them to take a special kind of risk given the nature of the insurgency."

The Peabody Award is among the most prestigious awards for broadcasting and cable excellence, and given solely on merit rather than within designated categories. The awards will be presented May 16 at a luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.

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