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Peabody Awards Fast Facts

By CNN Library
updated 6:17 PM EDT, Tue April 8, 2014

(CNN) -- Here's a look at the Peabody Awards, which are considered the most prestigious awards in electronic media.

Facts:
April 2, 2014 - The 2013 winners are announced.

The awards are named after George Foster Peabody, a major benefactor of the University of Georgia.

The awards are administered by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia.

Award submissions are designated as documentary, entertainment, news, children's, educational, and public service, but there are no categories for the awards themselves.

The entries are from the year before the date of the actual awards.

The winners are chosen by the Peabody Board, a group of 16 members from the broadcast and cable industry, after review by screening committees comprised of UGA faculty, staff, and students.

There is no set number of awards given out every year.

Timeline:
1938 - The National Association of Broadcasters forms a committee to create awards for radio similar to the Pulitzer Prizes for print materials.

1939-1940 - Committee member and manager of WSB-Radio in Atlanta, Georgia, Lambdin Kay asks the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism to sponsor the awards.

March 29, 1941 - First Peabody Awards ceremony takes place at a banquet at the Commodore Hotel in New York - the awards are for radio broadcasts from 1940.

1948 - Television programs are included for the first time.

1981 - Cable television is added.

1993 - Christiane Amanpour wins a Peabody Award for her reporting on the war in Bosnia. She also wins the award in 1998 for International Reporting.

August 23, 2000 - The award presentation ceremony is aired on television for the first time on Georgia Public Television. A record-setting 36 awards are presented for programs broadcast in 1999.

2001 - Webcast entries are now accepted.

George Foster Peabody:
Lived July 27, 1852 - March 4, 1938

Birth Place: Columbus, Georgia; grew up in Brooklyn, New York.

Banker and philanthropist.

Donated the funds that were used to create the awards.

Introduced President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the restorative waters of his Warm Springs, Georgia, resort.

CNN Peabody Awards:
1983 - For Significant News and Information Programming
1987 - Coverage of the Stock Market Crash
1989 - Coverage of China
1990 - Coverage of the Persian Gulf War
1991 - Coverage of the Soviet Coup
1992 - Larry King Live Election Coverage
1998 - CNN Productions, Atlanta, Georgia, and Jeremy Isaacs Productions, "Cold War"
2000 - CNN Productions, Atlanta, Georgia, Insight Television, and Channel 4 International, London, UK, "CNN Perspectives: Cry Freetown"
2001 - CNN Presents: Beneath the Veil and Unholy War
2002 - Terror on Tape
2005 - Coverage of Hurricane Katrina
2007 - CNN Presents: God's Warriors
2008 - Coverage of 2008 Presidential Primary Campaigns and Debates
2010 - Coverage of the Gulf Oil Spill
2011 - Coverage of the Arab Spring
2011 - CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute
2011 - Fareed Zakaria GPS
2012 - Coverage Inside Syria and Homs.
2013 - Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Three personal Peabody Awards have been received with regard to CNN:
1993 - Christiane Amanpour, Personal Award
1997 - Ted Turner, Personal Award
1998 - Christiane Amanpour, Personal Award International Reporting

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