PBS NewsHour: Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic
PBS NewsHour’s relentless and comprehensive reporting gave us the best news coverage of a once-in-a-century global pandemic. Despite the unique challenges posed by COVID-19 that made their jobs more difficult and at times more dangerous, the NewsHour team’s work on the “Global Pandemic” used new storytelling techniques to cover the pandemic’s human toll on five continents, in countries already hit hard by war, famine, and death. In the U.S., the NewsHour’s “Making Sense: The Victims of COVID” puts a spotlight on the millions who lost their jobs, the devastating impact on restaurants, and the near shutdown of the travel industry. Interviews with unemployed workers and small business owners struggling to survive gave viewers human examples of an economic disaster happening in real time. And significantly, the story shed new light on how the pandemic revealed and exacerbated astonishing racial disparities in American health outcomes. For its commitment to an enormous undertaking and bringing comprehensive context and perspective to a disaster both globally and at home, the PBS NewsHour receives a Peabody.