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Winning a Peabody Award is the defining achievement for programs and individuals alike. For over 80 years, we have championed the creativity and achievements of storytellers across television, streaming, radio, and digital media. Each year, 30 Peabody Awards are given for entertainment, documentary, news, podcast and radio, children’s/youth, and public service programming. Special awards are also given to individuals for career achievement and institutions for their long-standing body of work.
There are no set criteria for judging the winners. Peabody Awards recognize stories that illuminate social issues with depth and complexity as much as stories that entertain and inspire through their art or voice. We honor stories that matter.
Entries for work produced in that calendar year are accepted annually in the fall, typically from October to December. Nominations and winners are announced the following spring, with the annual awards ceremony taking place in May/June. The ceremony is typically held in New York or Los Angeles.
The selection of the annual nominees and winners is based on a rigorous deliberative process and face-to-face discussions among a diverse Board of Jurors. The 18-member board is comprised of media professionals, scholars, critics, and journalists, and is designed to reflect a broad cross-section of voices, experiences, and audiences. For more information, visit our Awards page.