HBO's 'Insecure,' 'S-Town' Podcast Among Peabody Winners

Apr 25, 2018

Every year, the George Foster Peabody Awards honor “stories that matter.” Founded and archived at the University of Georgia, the awards are often called the Pulitzer Prize of broadcast.

Between several categories — individual/institutional, documentary, entertainment, news, radio/podcast and public service — 60 finalists are chosen. From those 60, the Peabody Awards board of jurors selects 30 winners. The board's decisions must be unanimous.

This year's winners include HBO's "Insecure," Netflix's "Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King," Vice News's coverage of the violent neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the "S-Town podcast" from This American Life and Serial.

We spoke with Peabody Awards executive director and UGA professor Jeffrey P. Jones about what makes the winners Peabody-worthy.

Peabody Award Winners


Children's/Youth Entertainment 




Public Service

Peabody Career Achievement Award

Institutional Award