Peabody Awards Names News Winners

The Peabody Awards have announced the first group of winners in The Peabody 30, honoring programming in news, radio/podcast, web and public service.

The awards, based at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, marks the inaugural winners of The Peabody 30, with winners in the remaining categories (entertainment, children's/youth, documentary and educational) announced over the next week, according to officials. This year, the Peabody Awards' Board of Jurors chose 60 finalists, from which 30 award winners are chosen. The awards' gala will be held on May 21 in New York; a televised special will air on Pivot on Monday, June 6, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The winners include:

Burning Questions: WTAE Investigates Fire Response Times (WTAE-TV)

WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh

Desperate Journey (PBS/WETA-TV)

PBS NewsHour

Do Not Track  (

Upian, National Film Board of Canada, Arte, Bayerischer Rundfunk, CBC/Radio-Canada

European Migrant Crisis/A New Life in Europe/The Year of Migration (BBC News, BBC World Service, BBC Radio)


Meet the Composer  (

WQXR’s Q2 Music

911: Lost On The Line (WXIA-TV)

WXIA-TV, NBC, Atlanta

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: The Killing Fields (HBO)

“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”

Secret Mustard Gas Experiments (NPR)

NPR News

The Case for School Desegregation Today (This American Life)

“This American Life”

The LaQuan McDonald Investigation (WMAQ-TV)

WMAQ-TV, NBC, Chicago

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.