The 67th annual George Foster Peabody Awards ceremony at Gotham’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Monday turned into an impromptu tribute to Tim Russert. Peabody honorees including Christiane Amanpour and Stephen Colbert offering kind words and remembrances about the NBC News stalwart who died Friday at the age of 58.
“60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl stepped in as Peabody ceremony host at the last minute as a sub for NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who bowed out in order to spend time with NBC News staff following his return from Afghanistan.
Colbert recalled Russert’s generosity and sense of humor when Russert had Colbert on “Meet the Press” last year during “The Colbert Report” star’s short-lived bid for the GOP presidential nomination.
ABC News’ Bob Woodruff (pictured left) and CBS’ Kimberly Dozier (pictured right), both of whom suffered serious injuries in the line of duty in Iraq, were among those picking up Peabodys for their work. Cast members from two of this year’s scripted honorees, “Mad Men” and “30 Rock,” were also on hand. (Pics after the jump.)