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77th annual Peabody Awards nominate best in storytelling

60 nominees represent most compelling and empowering electronic media for 2017

The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors has selected 60 nominees that represent the most compelling and empowering stories released in electronic media during 2017. The nominees were selected from approximately 1,200 entries from television, radio/podcasts and the web. The Peabody Awards are based at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

“True to tradition, we are proud to present a rich mix of excellence in the craft of storytelling,” said Jeffrey P. Jones, executive director of Peabody. “These stories reflect important social issues and exemplify the power of diverse voices and platforms in media today.”

Hasan Minhaj of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” will host the awards ceremony on May 19 in New York City.

Over the next several weeks, the winning Peabody 30 programs and content will be revealed in a succession of announcements by category: Documentary on April 17; Entertainment/Children’s and Youth programming on April 19; and News/Radio/Public Service programming on April 24. The first Peabody Career Achievement Award presented by Mercedes-Benz will be announced on April 12.

Peabody Award winners and nominees will be celebrated at a gala evening event on Saturday, May 19, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Hasan Minhaj, comedian, writer and senior correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” will serve as host. In April 2017, he hosted the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, D.C. Later this year, he will host his own weekly comedy show on Netflix. His comedy special, “Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King,” released on Netflix last year, is nominated for a Peabody Award.

The presenting sponsor is Mercedes-Benz, the official automobile of the 77th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony. Supporting sponsor is The Coca-Cola Co. Variety is the exclusive media partner.

The 60 Peabody Awards Nominees, listed by category and in alphabetical order with network or platform in parentheses, are:


“Andi Mack” — Horizon Productions (Disney Channel)

“A Series of Unfortunate Events” — Netflix (Netflix)


“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” — A Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, and Kartemquin Films Production for WGBH/FRONTLINE and Independent Television Service (ITVS), with the Center for Asian American Media and in association with Blue Ice (PBS/WGBH)

“America ReFramed: Deej” — American Documentary Inc., WORLD Channel, Rooy Media LLC, ITVS (WORLD Channel)

“Chasing Coral” — An Exposure Labs Production (Netflix)

“City of Ghosts” — Amazon Studios, A&E IndieFilms, Our Time Projects, in association with Jigsaw Productions (A&E)

“Heroin(e)” — A Netflix Original Documentary in association with The Center for Investigative Reporting, A Requisite Media Production (Netflix)

“I Have A Message For You” — The New York Times Op-Docs (The New York Times)

“Indivisible” — Fuse Media (Fuse/Linear Broadcast)

“Last Men in Aleppo” — American Documentary | POV, Larm Film (PBS)

“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 (PBS/WNET/TV)

“Motherland” — CineDiaz Inc., ITVS, American Documentary | POV (PBS)

“Newtown” — Mile 22 LLC, ITVS, in association with KA Snyder Productions, Cuomo Cole Productions, Artemis Rising and Transform Films (PBS)

“Planet Earth II” — BBC Studios Natural History Unit production, with BBC AMERICA (BBC AMERICA)

“Strong Island” — Yanceville Films LLC and Louverture Films LLC (Netflix)

“The Bad Kids” — Low Key Pictures in association with the Filmmaker Fund (PBS)

“The Defiant Ones” — HBO Entertainment and Silverback 5150 Pictures in association with Alcon Television Group (HBO)

“The Islands and the Whales” — Intrepid Cinema, Radiator Film (PBS)

“Time: The Kalief Browder Story” — Spike TV, The Cinemart, Roc Nation (Spike)

“Tower” — Tower Documentary LLC, Go Valley Productions, ITVS, in association with Meredith Vieira Productions and Killer Impact (PBS)

“Oklahoma City” — American Experience (PBS/WGBH Education Foundation)


“Alias Grace” — A Halfire Entertainment Production in association with CBC for Netflix (Netflix)

“American Vandal” — CBS Television Studios for Netflix (Netflix)

“Bala Loca” — Chilevision-Turner, Chilean National Television Council, Filmo Estudios (Chilevision-Turner/Netflix)

“Better Call Saul” — Sony Pictures Television, Gran Via Productions (AMC)

“Halt and Catch Fire” — AMC Studios/Gran Via Productions (AMC)

“Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King” — Netflix, Art & Industry (Netflix)

“Insecure” — HBO Entertainment in association with Issa Rae Productions (HBO)

“Jazz Night in America” — NPR, WBGO, Jazz at Lincoln Center (NPR)

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” — HBO Entertainment (HBO)

“Legion” — FX Productions, Marvel Television (FX Networks)

“One Day at a Time” — Sony Pictures Television for Netflix (Netflix)

“Saturday Night Live: Political Satire 2017” — SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video (NBC)

“Star Trek: Discovery” — CBS Television Studios (CBS All Access)

“The Good Place” — Universal Television, Fremulon, 3 Arts Entertainment (NBC)

“The Handmaid’s Tale” — Hulu, MGM, White Oak Pictures, The Littlefield Company, Daniel Wilson Productions (Hulu)

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” — Amazon Studios (Amazon)


“Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Taxpayers Taken for a Ride” — NBC5/KXAS-TV Dallas-Fort Worth (NBC5/KXAS)

“Charlottesville: Race & Terror” — VICE Media (HBO)

“Cracking the Code” and “Medical Waste” WVUE-TV, Times-Picayune/Clear Health Costs (WVUE-TV)

“Fall of ISIS in Iraq and Syria” — CNN (CNN)

“Human Toll in Yemen” — BBC News (BBC World News/BBC World News America)

“Inside Putin’s Russia” — PBS NewsHour (PBS, WETA)

“Leyla Santiago’s Hurricane Maria Coverage” — CNN (CNN)

“My Reality: A Hidden America” — ABC News 20/20 (ABC)

“Plight of Rohingya Refugees” — BBC News (BBC World News)

“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: The Strongman-Ramzan Kadyrov” — HBO Sports (HBO)

“The Whistleblower” — CBS News 60 Minutes (CBS)

“USA Gymnastics” — CBS News 60 Minutes (CBS)


 “The Cut: Exploring FGM” — Al Jazeera Correspondent (Al Jazeera)

“Predator In My Phone” — R.AGE, Star Media Group (R.AGE)

“Sex.Right.Now. with Cleo Stiller” — Fusion Media Group (FUSION)


 “Ear Hustle” — Radiotopia from PRX (Radiotopia from PRX)

“Lost Mothers: Maternal Mortality in the U.S.” — NPR and ProPublica (NPR)

“74 Seconds” — Minnesota Public Radio, American Public Media (MPR News)

“S-Town” — Serial and This American Life (

“Seeing White” — The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (

“The Pope’s Long Con” — Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, Louisville Public Media (Louisville Public Media)

“The View from Room 205” — WBEZ-Chicago Public Media (WBEZ)

“Uncivil: The Raid” — Gimlet Media (Gimlet Media)