Winner 1969

Who Killed Lake Erie


This vivid television essay is the reporter at his best as an educator. A project of NBC News, Who Killed Lake Erieboth inspired and intensified national awareness of the grave national pollution crisis. Selecting Lake Erie as a spectacular, but to be expected, result of apathy, arrogance, ignorance and willful neglect, the program emphasizes we are all its murderers. Now available as a teaching tool in a dozen central university film libraries, Who Killed Lake Erie has also been so used by Congressional Committees and state executive and pollution control authorities. In recognition of an outstanding use of reportorial skills to inform and stimulate action, the George Foster Peabody Award for television education.