The Eye of the Storm
Skillfully using television as a medium for bringing an experiment in discrimination to the attention of millions across America, ABC News has demonstrated the kind of conspicuous service which the Peabody Awards seek to recognize. A third-grade teacher, Mrs. Jane Elliott, developed an innovative and successful method of explaining prejudice and discrimination to her students. Producer-writer-director, William Peters and his wife, associate producer, Muriel Peters, captured the spirit of Mrs. Elliott’s experiment and, together with Bill Beutel’s excellent reportorial job, thereby brought to the American viewer a most memorable and poignant half-hour. For this incisive look at a priceless lesson in psychology, a Peabody Award to ABC News for its outstanding documentary, The Eye of the Storm.