Personal Award: Jim Laurie
A personal Peabody Award to Jim Laurie of NBC News for his exceptional coverage of the final hours of the fall of Saigon. In April of 1975, Laurie provided his network and the people of this nation a series of exceptional reports which were in the finest traditions of American journalism. For more than 19 hours, Laurie and his colleagues provided a series of twenty special reports on the disintegration of Saigon. Then Laurie elected to remain behind to provide Americans with additional reports after the last Marine was lifted off the roof of the U.S. Embassy. For his dedication, his clarity of presentation and his absolute insistence upon accuracy and honesty, a Peabody Award to Jim Laurie of NBC News.