Peabody Awards Ceremony is moving to Los Angeles for the first time in its 83-year history

Peabody has announced that its annual ceremony, the Peabody Awards, will be held for the first time in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 11, 2023 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The announcement marks Peabody’s first in-person ceremony since 2019. For the first time in its history, the awards will be held in Los Angeles.

The Peabody Awards honor the smartest, most powerful, and most moving stories told on broadcast and digital media. From entertainment to documentaries to news programs, these stories shape how we think and understand the world in which we live. The Peabody Award nominees and winners are an exclusive group that transcends commercialism and rises to the level of art by creating compelling narratives that address today’s issues with depth, complexity and empathy.

The program is based at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

This year will also mark the first year that the digital and interactive storytelling category introduced last year, which includes games, virtual reality and social video, will be included in the main ceremony of Peabody.

“Relocating the Peabody Awards to Los Angeles, a city built practically on the power of storytelling, is an exciting advancement in Peabody’s commitment to curating the most powerful and moving stories told on broadcast and digital media. Los Angeles gives us an opportunity to reimagine the awards ceremony and include more talent and presenters in a ceremony that promises to be nothing short of phenomenal,” said Jeffrey Jones, Executive Director of Peabody. “We are also pleased to welcome Carrie Lozano, an incredibly accomplished documentary filmmaker and journalist, to our panel of judges, chaired by the brilliant Peabody veteran and journalist John Seigenthaler.”

Longtime NBC Nightly News anchor and correspondent John Seigenthaler has been named the next chair of the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors. After six years as a member of the jury, this is the first year that Seigenthaler will chair the jury of the prestigious program.

“It is a special honor to be part of this diverse and talented team of judges,” said Seigenthaler. “The Peabodys are unique because we celebrate stories that matter in a complex and ever-changing world. We look forward once again to the challenging task of selecting the best of the best.”

During his 11 years at NBC News, Seigenthaler hosted the weekend edition of NBC Nightly News, appeared on Meet The Press, Dateline, TODAY, Weekend TODAY, MSNBC, CNBC and Discovery Channel. He was also a local television news host and reporter for KOMO TV (ABC) in Seattle and WKRN TV (ABC) and WSMV TV (NBC) in Nashville.

Seigenthaler is currently Managing Partner at global communications company Finn Partners. He is a member of the Freedom Forum Advisory Board and a member of the jury for the RFK Journalism Awards. He holds a BA in Public Policy Studies from Duke University.

Peabody has also named Carrie Lozano to its jury board.

Carrie Lozano is Director of the Sundance Institute Documentary and Artists Program and an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist. Prior to Sundance, she was director of the International Documentary Association’s Enterprise Documentary and Pare Lorentz Fund, where she supported more than 60 diverse films and filmmakers at the intersection of documentary and journalism. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and serves on the board of directors of ProPublica and on the advisory boards of PBS Frontline and the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley, where she is a graduate student.

The Peabody Jury consists of media industry professionals, media scholars, critics and journalists appointed by the program’s Executive Director for a renewable three-year term.

The nominees for the 83rd Peabody Awards will be announced in April and the winners in May. All nominees must be unanimously elected by the Peabody Board of Jurors. The awards show is produced by Bob Bain Productions.

Date: January 26, 2023

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