March 27, 2013
Cara Philbin, NPR




NPR is being honored by the 72nd Annual George Foster Peabody Awards for coverage of the ongoing conflict in Syria and for an engaging audio chronicle of one teenager's ambition to compete with the first female U.S. Olympic boxing team, produced by Radio Diaries and broadcast on All Things Considered, it was announced today.

NPR is receiving a Peabody Award for "finding ways to get deep into Syria" to deliver "detailed reportage, often from dangerous locations" within the ongoing conflict. International correspondents Kelly McEvers, based in Beirut, and Deb Amos, a roving correspondent who's spent three decades covering the region, led NPR's reports during frequent trips into Syria and from along the border in Turkey and Lebanon. From interviews with Assad regime officials to the discovery of an unexpected unity among Christian and Muslim rebels, NPR captured the pace and gravity of the growing uprising and gave voice to the conflict for millions of listeners. McEvers and Amos share this award with senior supervising International editor Edith Chapin and senior International editor Doug Roberts.

"We are deeply honored by this recognition and are so proud of the reporting that Kelly and Deb have done from the region," says Margaret Low Smith, NPR's senior vice president of News. "This reward reflects the power and importance of this kind of journalism and how vital it is to our collective understanding of this conflict."

Since executive producer Joe Richman began producing first-person audio narratives in 1996, Radio Diaries has provided rare and intimate glimpses into the dreams and struggles shaping everyday lives. "Teen Contender" follows 16 year old Claressa Shields, a high school junior from Flint, Michigan, with a microphone as she prepared to compete in the first Olympic trials for female boxing. After airing on All Things Considered, "Teen Contender" is recognized with a Peabody Award for "its personal insights and ambient sounds." Honored for their work on the Radio Diaries piece are Joe Richman, Sue Jaye Johnson, Samara Freemark, Marianne McCune, Ben Shapiro, and Deborah George.

With today's announcement, NPR and NPR programming have received a total of 60 Peabody Awards. The Peabody Awards recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals. Awards will be presented on May 20 during a ceremony in New York City.

NPR is an award-winning, multimedia news organization and an influential force in American life. In collaboration with more than 900 independent public radio stations nationwide, NPR strives to create a more informed public - one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures.