Winner 1963

CBS Reports: Storm Over the Supreme Court

CBS Television

This outstanding three-part series began with a penetrating history of challenges to the Supreme Court and an absorbing narration of its function in our constitutional system. Narrated by Eric Sevareid, the participants in this extraordinary production included Carl Sandburg, Mark Van Doren, Frederic March, Archibald MacLeish, and Professor Paul Freund, a distinguished legal scholar from the Harvard Law School. The two succeeding episodes dealt in a factual but dramatic way with the School Prayer Case and a subsequent case involving Bible Reading in the Public Schools. These programs represented television at its finest and demonstrated that this medium can illuminate important questions in a perceptive and authoritative fashion. In recognition, the Peabody Award for television public service, 1963, to CBS Reports: Storm Over The Supreme Court.