Peabody Awards honor TV’s best

Recipients include '30 Rock,' 'Dexter'

NBC’s “30 Rock,” AMC’s “Mad Men,” Showtime’s “Dexter,” Bravo’s “Project Runway” and Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” have joined the pantheon of Peabody Award winners.

Other Peabody recipients for 2007, announced Wednesday by University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, were Sundance Channel doc “Nimrod Nation,” Discovery Channel’s high-def extravaganza “Planet Earth” and Alex Gibney’s Oscar-winning docu “Taxi to the Dark Side.”

Other docus on this year’s list of 35 Peabody winners included CNN’s “God’s Warriors” and HBO’s “To Die in Jerusalem.” PBS programs picked up eight kudos, including “Frontline” seg “Cheney’s Law”; “Nova’s” “Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial”; and “Independent Lens,” “Sisters in Law” and “Billy Strayhorn — Lush Life.” PBS was also recognized for its series “Art: 21 — Art in the 21st Century.”

In the news arena, ABC’s Bob Woodruff took home an award for “Wounds of War — The Long Road Home for Our Nation’s Veterans.” CBS earned Peabodys for Kimberly Dozier’s report on wounded vets, “The Way Home” on “CBS News Sunday Morning” and a report by “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley, “The Killings in Haditha.” BBC World News America was recognized for its “White Horse” segment on a village in China.

WSLS-TV in Roanoke, Va., was honored for its coverage of last year’s shootings at Virginia Tech.

Spanish-language broadcaster Univision got the nod for its citizenship public service campaign “Ya Es Hora.” MTV’s college-targeted MTVU earned a trophy for its “Half of Us” multi-platform series on depression.

The Peabodys will be presented June 16 at a luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria hosted by NBC News anchor Brian Williams.

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