Winner 1989

I Want to Go Home


It is too easy and convenient to write off the homeless as lazy, stupid, and worthless because, then, they do not have to be viewed as humans and their tragedy need not trouble society and its elected officials. Politicians have been doing that for nearly ten years in an effort to convince us that the homeless are merely living out their own inadequacies. But, in some cases, they are simply victims of circumstance. And the fastest growing segment of the homeless population is children. What did they do to deserve their lot? Herb Dudnick, Jonathon Dann, and their colleagues at KRON brought the homeless story to life in San Francisco by listening to the children and letting them talk about their lives; one could hear no more power voice. For providing perspective when many others were simply discussing statistics, a Peabody Award to KRON-TV for I Want to Go Home.