The Best Stories of 2017

2017 Peabody Award Winners
  • Special Awards
  • Career Achievement Award: Carol Burnett, presented by Mercedes-Benz

    Career Achievement Award: Carol Burnett

    The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors have selected Carol Burnett to receive the first-ever Peabody Career Achievement, presented by Mercedes-Benz. The honor is reserved for individuals whose work and commitment to broadcast media has left an indelible mark on the field.

  • Institutional Award: 60 Minutes - CBS News 60 Minutes

    Institutional Award: 60 Minutes

    Institutional Award goes to “60 Minutes,” one of the nation’s most enduring media institutions now celebrating 50 years on the air. Since its debut, the CBS News “magazine for television” has become nothing less than a touchstone in American life, regularly pursuing investigations that lead to legal action, catalyze social change, and illuminate dark government secrets. A previous recipient of more than 20 Peabody Awards, “60 Minutes” consistently delivers hard-hitting, exclusive, thoroughly reported stories.

  • Institutional Award: The Fred Rogers Company

    Institutional Award: The Fred Rogers Company

    An Institutional Award goes to The Fred Rogers Company in recognition for carrying on the legacy of its eponymous founder, whose iconic children’s program debuted 50 years ago. In the history of American TV personalities, few have been as universally loved as Fred McFeely Rogers. He died in 2003, but his spirit lives on through The Fred Rogers Company. With its partners, the company continues to produce high-quality, thoughtful educational television, including “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Peg + Cat,” and “The Odd Squad,” that cares not only about the children who watch it, but the adults they will become.

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  • A Series of Unfortunate Events - Netflix

    A Series of Unfortunate Events

    Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” follows the tragic but brilliant Baudelaire orphans as they investigate their parents’ deaths while surviving their wicked uncle’s machinations to deprive them of their inheritance. Both darkly gothic in style and drolly hilarious, the televised version visually realizes the melancholy-yet-beautiful essence of the beloved children’s book series on which it is based.

    Available Online: A Series of Unfortunate Events

  • America Reframed: Deej - American Documentary, Inc., WORLD Channel, Rooy Media LLC, Independent Television Service (ITVS)

    America ReFramed: Deej

    A bold step forward in inclusive filmmaking that allows David James (Deej) Savares, a nonspeaking young man with autism, to tell his own story, focusing on accomplishment and possibility, not limits and barriers.

    Available Online: America Reframed: Deej

  • Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise - The People's Poet Media Group, LLC, THIRTEEN's AMERICAN MASTERS for WNET and ITVS in association with Artemis Rising

    American Masters: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

    A vivid portrait of Maya Angelou, who, while best known as one of America’s leading writers, also blazed a brave and original life as a performer, actress, and activist integral to the civil rights movement and the celebration of African-American experience.

    Available Online: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (PBS / WNET)

  • American Vandal - CBS Television Studios for Netflix

    American Vandal

    A surprisingly insightful rumination on contemporary life, “American Vandal” slowly shifts focus from a high school student accused of a sophomoric prank/crime to the consequences of solving the mystery. Wickedly funny, the show also offers a look at how the ethical questions of the true crime genre intersect with the harsh realities of being a teenager in the age of social media.

    Available Online: American Vandal

  • Better Call Saul - Sony Pictures Television, Gran Via Productions

    Better Call Saul

    Mixing legal drama, crime thriller, and dark comedy, this “Breaking Bad” prequel of the earnest Jimmy McGill’s transformation into Saul Goodman captures the professional and personal struggles he navigates in an unfair moral universe. A compelling narrative of pathos and character drama, the show’s innovative style and commanding performances reach the creative heights of its origin series.

    Available Online: Better Call SaulBetter Call Saul

  • Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Taxpayers Taken for a Ride - NBC5/KXAS-TV Dallas-Fort Worth

    Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Taxpayers Taken for a Ride

    In this impressive series from NBC5/KXAS’s investigative news team, reporters unravel shady real estate deals by the Dallas County Schools (DCS) after a school bus camera-system investment goes bust. The reporting uncovered a wide web of corruption and staggering financial mismanagement, which led to swift action by the Texas government and voters.

    Available Online: Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Taxpayers Taken for a Ride

  • VICE News Tonight: Charlottesville: Race and Terror - VICE Media

    Charlottesville: Race and Terror

    In August 2017, horrified Americans watched as neo-Nazi supporters occupied Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park to protest the removal of Confederate monuments. VICE reporter Elle Reeve and her crew documented the unfiltered declarations and threats of violence by white supremacists with fearless reporting and unprecedented access. Her portrait of Christopher Cantwell and fellow white supremacists offered a sharp contrast to White House claims that there were “very fine people on both sides” of the conflict.

    Available Online: VICE News Tonight: Charlottesville: Race and Terror

  • Chasing Coral - An Exposure Labs Production in partnership with The Ocean Agency + View Into the Blue in association with Argent Pictures

    Chasing Coral

    This surprisingly emotional film expertly documents, through time-lapse underwater photographs, the effects of climate change on the rapid decimation of the world’s coral reefs, events known as coral bleaching that affected 29 percent of the shallow-water coral in the Great Barrier Reef in 2016 alone.

    Available Online: Chasing Coral (Netflix)

  • Fall of ISIS in Iraq and Syria

    Fall of ISIS in Iraq and Syria

    CNN’s war reporters revealed many sides of the fall of ISIS, and the devastation left in its wake. In addition to courageous correspondents, this notable set of dramatic reports provided fresh angles and the creative use of technology, including stunning drone footage that captured the size and scope of ruined neighborhoods. The network’s continued investment and dedication to the story is especially significant as global conflicts simmer.

    Available Online: Fall of ISIS in Iraq and Syria

  • Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King - Netflix, Art + Industry

    Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King

    Hasan Minhaj delivers much more than a hilarious stand-up comedy special. “Homecoming King” is a deeply personal memoir—part Richard Pryor, part Spalding Gray—that covers the struggles of the immigrant experience, encounters with stereotypes and raced expectations, and intergenerational acceptance, while using comedy to invite empathy, caring, and understanding.

    Available Online: Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King

  • Newtown - Mile 22 LLC, Independent Television Service (ITVS), in association with KA Snyder Productions, Cuomo Cole Productions

    Independent Lens: Newtown

    Testimonials from survivors of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history document a traumatized community fractured by grief but driven toward a sense of purpose.

    Available Online: Newtown (PBS)

  • Indivisible - Fuse Media


    An urgent, intimate portrait of heartbreak and determination, disappointment and victory as three young Dreamers navigate confusing immigration policy, bad faith on the part of politicians, and the emotional trauma of family separation.

    Available Online: Indivisible (Fuse / Linear Broadcast)

  • Insecure - HBO Entertainment in association with Issa Rae Productions, A Penny For Your Thoughts Entertainment and 3 Arts Entertainment


    Issa Rae delivers a groundbreaking series that captures the lives of everyday young black people in Los Angeles with a fresh and authentic take. Breaking away from tired and familiar representations of “diversity” on television, this series offers a fun and intimate portrayal of work, relationships, and the ordinary experiences of the two young black women at its center.

    Available Online: Insecure

  • Inside Putin's Russia - PBS NewsHour

    Inside Putin’s Russia

    Special correspondent Nick Schifrin and producer Zach Fannin spent seven weeks in Russia, traveling to more than 12 cities to provide viewers context for thinking about President Vladimir Putin’s global impact. In addition to background on how this KGB veteran rose to power, we learn how he has shaped public opinion through appeals to nationalism and manufacturing consent via “fake news.” Each segment takes us deeper into understanding the mechanisms of power Putin has at his disposal.

    Available Online: Inside Putin's Russia

  • Last Men in Aleppo - Larm Film, Aleppo Media Center / AMC, American Documentary | POV

    Last Men in Aleppo

    Masterful storytelling by civilian filmmakers at the heart of the Syrian crisis as they follow the volunteer group the White Helmets, who provide emergency services to traumatized residents in the rebel-occupied areas of the city of Aleppo.

    Available Online: Last Men in Aleppo (PBS)

  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - HBO Entertainment in association with Sixteen String Jack Productions and Avalon Television

    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

    Each week, John Oliver and his team offer something completely new in the merger of comedy and reporting. While scathing in its political critique, the show is also smart and insightful in producing long-form journalism, breaking stories that others have overlooked with precision, clarity, and hilarity.

    Available Online: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

  • Lost Mothers: Maternal Mortality in the U.S. - NPR and ProPublica

    Lost Mothers: Maternal Mortality in the U.S.

    This collaborative series examines a crisis rarely talked about: Why does the U.S., which spends more per capita on health care than any other country, carry the highest rate of women dying as a consequence of pregnancy and childbirth in the developed world? Even more troubling is the revelation that black women are three times more likely to die in childbirth due to inherent discrimination. “Lost Mothers” is vital public service reporting that pushes the standard for vigilance, prevention, and equity in women’s health care.

    Available Online: Lost Mothers: Maternal Mortality in the U.S.

  • Oklahoma City - American Experience Films, WGBH Educational Foundation

    Oklahoma City

    Essential viewing that draws a line from armed standoffs at Ruby Ridge and Waco to the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, to tell the story of both the worst act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history and the rise of anti-government hatred and white militancy.

    Available Online: Oklahoma City (PBS/WGBH Education Foundation)

  • Plight of Rohingya Refugees - BBC News

    Plight of Rohingya Refugees

    With their media access restricted, BBC correspondents worked to pursue reports of entire villages destroyed and people being slaughtered as more than half a million Muslims fled persecution in the northern Rakhine province of Myanmar for neighboring Bangladesh. The series of measured reports, in particular, details the inhumane toll borne by children in an ethnic cleansing.

    Available Online: Plight of Rohingya Refugees

  • Saturday Night Live: Political Satire 2017 - SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video

    Saturday Night Live: Political Satire 2017

    Building on the strength of its election year parodies, “SNL” doubled-down this year with wicked satiric portrayals of President Trump and a clownish coterie of administration apparatchiks. Kate McKinnon and special guests Alec Baldwin and Melissa McCarthy, in particular, produced performances that helped the American public come to terms with an unprecedented presidential administration and its daily political absurdities.

    Available Online: Saturday Night Live Political Satire 2017

  • 74 Seconds - Minnesota Public Radio, American Public Media

    74 Seconds

    On July 6, 2016, police pulled over Philando Castile for a broken taillight. Seventy-four seconds later, officer Jeronimo Yanez fired seven shots into Castile’s car, killing him as his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds streamed what was happening over Facebook and her four-year-old daughter wept in fear. This remarkable podcast series puts a human face on the tragedy, providing context for the legal and political struggles that followed with excellent on-the-spot reporting and a balanced approach to understanding both men involved in the event.

    Available Online: 74 Seconds

  • S-Town - Serial and This American Life


    From the opening moment of “S-Town,” when the compelling voice of John B. McLemore crackles through the phone line peddling his dark suspicion of an unreported murder in Bibb County, Alabama, the listener is hooked. “S-Town” breaks new ground for the medium by creating the first audio novel, a non-fiction biography constructed in the style and form of a 7-chapter novel. Three years in the making, reporter Brian Reed and producer Julie Snyder started down the road of the procedural and wound up creating true audio art.

    Available Online: S-Town

  • The Cut: Exploring FGM - Al Jazeera Correspondent

    The Cut: Exploring FGM

    Fatma Naib’s personal journey to explore the traditions and controversies inherent to female genital mutilation (FGM), is a nuanced, culturally aware film. Naib travels to Africa to understand why FGM is still practiced legally in some countries despite causing long-term serious pain and health issues for girls and women who have been cut. Clinical rather than gruesome, the film provides an education with sensitivity to cultural and community identity.

    Available Online: The Cut: Exploring FGM