PEABODY AWARDS DIRECTOR
Dr. Worth McDougald (1926-2007) served as Director of the Peabody Awards program from 1963 until his retirement in 1991, when he was named Director Emeritus. Under his leadership, the Peabody program developed in many ways, including the establishment of rotating boards of specialists who select the awards, and the use of well-known media figures as hosts for the annual awards presentation.
During his tenure on the University of Georgia faculty, he headed the Department of Radio-Television-Film and developed and served as the first Director of the University’s Instructional Resources Center. He also served five years as a member of the UGA Athletic Board and was named to emeritus status upon his retirement.
After serving in the United States Navy in World War II, McDougald completed his degree requirements at Emory University in 1947. He joined the staff of radio station WWNS in Statesboro, Georgia, as program and news director and, from there, was recruited to the University of Georgia by Dean John Drewry in 1949. In 1951, he was recalled to active duty with the Navy and served during the Korean War, attaining the rank of Lt. Commander. After returning to the University, he received the MA degree in political science from UGA in 1954 and the Ph. D. degree from Ohio State University in 1964. He was named to the Georgia Broadcasting Hall of Fame by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters.