Shadow and Act has exclusively learned that The Washington Post’s Post Reports: The Life of George Floyd, will be awarded a Peabody later on Tuesday. It receives one of the awards in the podcast/radio category.
Trevor Noah presented the award via video, which is part of this year’s virtual award ceremonies for the Peabodys. Martine Powers, the host of Post Reports, accepted the award. There are 30 honorees this year.
George Floyd’s death made global headlines. The world witnessed his last gasps for breath as a police officer kneeled on his neck for minutes on end. The moment, caught on tape by a young bystander (re)ignited a movement. And while much of the news reports rightly zeroed in on those 8 minutes and 46 seconds, The Washington Post devoted an entire special podcast episode to answering a simple but genuinely enlightening question: “What about his life?” What would easily have been, in itself, an extensively reported, straightforward biography is also, in turn, an examination of the way Floyd’s life— and that of his family, stretching back generations—tells the story of many Black men like him. Keenly laying out how systemic racism operates across many institutions—creating sharply disparate outcomes in housing, education, the economy, law enforcement and health care—the Post Reports sketches a moving portrait of a man and of a nation. For telling the quintessentially American tragedy behind a Black man who has become a symbol for a movement and telling an intimate biography that feels all the more archetypal for its familiar trappings, “The Life of George Floyd” earns a Peabody Award.
View the video below, as well as a list of the winners that have been announced so far:
“The Good Lord Bird” (Showtime) Presented by Chris Rock to Ethan Hawke
“Unorthodox” (Netflix) Presented by Natasha Lyonne to Shira Haas
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS) Presented by Steve Carell
“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+) Presented by Will Ferrell
“76 Days” (MTV Documentary Films) Presented by Dr. Sanjay Gupta
“Asian Americans” (PBS) Presented by Sandra Oh
“Time” (Amazon Studios) Presented by D. L. Hughley
“Post Reports: The Life of George Floyd” (The Washington Post) Presented by Trevor Noah
“Floodlines” (The Atlantic) Presented by Charlamagne Tha God
“Whose Vote Counts” (PBS / GBH) Presented by Jemele Hill
“VICE on Showtime: Losing Ground” (Showtime) Presented by Questlove
“Muslim in Trump’s America (Exposure)” (ITV) Presented by Keith Ellison
“Full Disclosure” (KNXV-TV) Presented by Brittany Packnett Cunningham
“China Undercover” FRONTLINE (PBS / GBH) Presented by Hasan Minhaj
Children’s & Youth
“The Owl House” (Disney Channel) Presented by Kristen Bell