Peabody Awards Honor Cable Dramas, Stephen Colbert and Arab Spring Coverage

8:12 AM PST 04/04/2012 by Jordan Zakarin
SHOWTIME;Comedy Central

The honors recognize several networks and news organizations for their coverage of the turmoil in the Middle East, while "Homeland" and "Game of Thrones" also receive nods.

The 71st annual Peabody Award winners were announced on Wednesday, with honors concentrated on brave journalism in the midst of revolutions and TV series that reflect society's struggles.

The prestigious awards, administered by the University of Georgia, was given to reporters at CBS, NPR, CNN and Al Jazeera English for on-location work done in Egypt and Syria; CNN also was honored for its CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, and Fareed Zakaria was lauded for his coverage of America's education crisis and his commentary on Iran. ABC won an award for its coverage of a scandal in the Peace Corps.

PBS won several awards for documentaries and specials, including American Experience and POV: My Perestroika.

On the entertainment side, Showtime's Homeland and the documentary Rebirth received awards, as did HBO's Game of Thrones and Treme. NBC's Parks and Recreation was similarly honored. Stephen Colbert's take on Super PACs earned him a Peabody, while the game show Jeopardy! took one as well.

For a complete list, click over to the Peabody Awards' website.

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