MPR News Podcast, “74 Seconds,” Wins a Peabody Award
Saint Paul, Minn., April 24, 2018 – MPR News has received a George Foster Peabody Award for its in-depth reporting captured in the podcast, 74 Seconds. The award is the highest honor in broadcast media and is the fourth Peabody Award for MPR News and the tenth for American Public Media Group.
74 Seconds tells the story of a July 2016 traffic stop that ended with the world watching a man’s final moments live on their phones. It is the story of that man, Philando Castile, and the officer who was tried for his death, Jeronimo Yanez. Through comprehensive reporting, MPR News examined this intersection of race, policing, justice and safety in America.
With this story, MPR News took the unusual approach of covering a trial in real time on the radio, online and through a podcast. To date, the podcast has nearly 2 million downloads.
“We are incredibly honored to receive this award,” said Nancy Cassutt, executive director, MPR News and Programming. “This was a challenging and important story to tell. We’re grateful that the team’s work has been recognized and hope that it’s helped create a greater understanding of race and policing in this country.”
About the Peabody Awards
The Peabody Awards honor the most powerful, enlightening and invigorating stories in television, radio and digital media. Each year, Peabody Awards are bestowed upon a curated collection of 30 stories that capture society's most important issues-known as the Peabody 30. Honorees must be unanimously chosen by the Peabody Board of Jurors, a diverse assembly of industry professionals, media scholars, critics, and journalists who each bring a unique perspective of what constitutes a story that matters. From major Hollywood productions to local journalism, the network of Peabody Awards winners is a definitive collection of society's most important stories and storytellers, including winners that have ranged from Edward R. Murrow, Carol Burnett, and David Letterman to "The Sopranos," "Sesame Street," "Breaking Bad," and "Serial." The Peabody Awards were founded in 1940 at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia and are still based in Athens today. For more information, visit peabodyawards.com or follow @PeabodyAwards on Twitter.
About MPR News
MPR News has long been recognized as one of the foremost journalistic organizations in the Upper Midwest, reaching news consumers across all platforms. Reaching more than 500,000 listeners each week, the MPR News radio signal can be heard by 95 percent of Minnesotans. With news bureaus across the state, MPR News has partnerships with one of the largest TV stations in the region, KARE 11, and more than 30 newspapers. MPR News has received numerous awards for its reporting, including George Foster Peabody Awards, Alfred I. DuPont Award and RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award. Visit mprnews.org for the latest regional, national and international headlines.
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