Winner 2020

Facing Race


Facing Race is an audacious series that tackles the deep-rooted subject of racial inequality, racism, racial privilege, and especially the systematic ways that race structures and impacts the public and personal life of residents in Seattle and surrounding communities. The KING5 investigation examines policing and criminal justice, health disparities and environmental racism, and policy histories regarding land and treaties with their ramifications for Native American communities. And the series is attentive as well to the powerful emotional and psychological impact of racism and racial trauma, looking at the complex feelings of belonging and identity among parents, trans-racial adoptees, and multiracial youth. With a generous commitment of time and resources, the reporting team gives us a complex but easily understandable framework, and covers the magnitude and depth of the story sensitively yet critically, structurally yet personally.

Reporters skillfully use local authorities and national experts to help guide the reports, provide perspective, and understand how social dynamics of race and racism, power and inequality play out at the level of public policy, institutions, and culture. The remarkable personal stories show viewers how individuals, families, neighbors, and elected officials respond to the challenges of confronting structural racism and its impact on the community. Most importantly, the series showcases resources and organizations to help address the public and personal issues raised in the report. For its bold and bell-weather reporting, its outstanding service, its seminal insights, and its absorbing storytelling, the Board of Jurors honors Facing Race with a Peabody Award.


President & General Manager: James Rose.  News Director: Pete Saiers.  Executive Producer: Christin Ayers.  Host: Joyce Taylor.  Content Editors: Christin Ayers, Taylor Mirfendereski, Susannah Frame.  Producers: Keely Walker, Alex Vitale.  Reporters: Christin Ayers, Taylor Mirfendereski, Joyce Taylor, Susannah Frame, Michael Crowe, Ted Land, Natalie Swaby, Brit Moorer, Kierra Elfalan, Angela Poe Russell, Mimi Jung, Michelle Li, Jessica Janner Castro, Drew Mikkelsen, Vanessa Misciagna, Sebastian Robertson, Natalie Swaby, Mark Wright, Chris Ingalls, Tony Black, Steve Bunin.  Photographers: Michael Botsford, Ryan Beard, Taylor Mirfendereski, Eric Derosiers, Mike Perry, Matt Mrozinski, Ryan Coe, Diane Lewis-Torre, Stan McMeekin, Mark Morache, Megan Murnane, Sebastian Robertson, Tom Tedford, Pete Cassam.  Video Editors: Kevin Glantz, Michael Botsford, Ryan Beard, Mike Perry, Eric Derosiers, Taylor Mirfendereski, Ryan Coe, Diane Lewis-Torre, Stan McMeekin, Mark Morache, Matt Mrozinski, Megan Murnane, Sebastian Robertson, Tom Tedford.  Digital Reporters & Producers: Taylor Mirfendereski, Allison Sundell.  Directors: Heather Stubbs, Andy Tovar, Brett Thomson, Emily Wen.  Marketing Staff: Chris Smith, Melissa Crowe, Jay Yovanovich.  Design and Technical Staff: Greg Thies, Tod Brueske, Ryan Gamradt, Aidan Glaze, Keith Patterson, Ryan Beard, Tim Morris.