Winner 1980

The Battle of Westlands

KTEH-TV, Carol Mon Pere, Sandra Nichols

KTEH in San Jose, California is not one of the large, well-funded public television stations of the nation, but it is obvious that the staff and those who ally themselves with KTEH are, indeed, talented. Carol Mon Pere and Sandra Nichols undertook, in cooperation with KTEH, to produce a concise study of the continuing struggle between agri-business giants and small farmers in California’s vast Central Valley. What resulted was a revealing look at how this struggle may well affect the food many Americans eat, the prices they pay, and the overall quality of rural life. For this excellent endeavor, title The Battle of Westlands, the Peabody Board awards KTEH, Carol Mon Pere and Sandra Nichols the traditional Peabody medallion and certificate.