Flash: Berkeley Women Win Peabody Awards

Thursday March 31, 2011 - 11:26:00 AM

Projects spearheaded by Berkeley women have captured two of 39 prestigious national Peabody Awards, it was announced today:

Judith Ehrlich (and Rick Goldsmith) produced The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, which was also nominated for an Academy Award last year.

Ellin O'Leary is Chief Content Officer/President of Youth Radio, founded in Berkeley but now in Oakland, which won for Trafficked: A Youth Radio Investigation. 

From the Peabody web site: 

A record 39 recipients of the 70th Annual Peabody Awards were announced today by the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The winners, chosen by the Peabody board as the best in electronic media for the year 2010, were named in a ceremony in the Peabody Gallery on the University of Georgia campus. 

For seventy years the Peabody Award has defined excellence in electronic media," said Horace Newcomb, director of the Peabody Awards. "This list of Peabody recipients continues the commitment of the University of Georgia and the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, the stewards of the award. With that commitment, we challenge media makers and distributors to reach higher, try harder and be ever mindful of their central role in public life." 

Citations on the site described the prizewinning works and where they have appeared:  

POV: The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (PBS), American Documentary, POV, ITVS 

A fascinating true-life political thriller, Ellsberg’s remembrance of his historic actions is made even more compelling by the inventive presentation. 

Trafficked: A Youth Radio Investigation (NPR/All Things Considered) Youth Radio, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, Huffington Post online 

A wide-ranging expose of America’s child-sex trade, it was made especially powerful by first-person accounts by teen victims.