Peabody Awards Calls for Entries
September 22, 2009
ATHENS, GA.: The call for entries has been
issued for the 69th annual George Foster Peabody Awards. Original broadcast,
cable programs and Webcasts shown in 2009 are eligible. The entry deadline is
Jan. 15, 2010. Entrants may apply online at www.peabody.uga.edu.
Concomitant to the call for entries, four new members were approved for the
Peabody board by University of Georgia President Michael F. Adams: Charlayne
Hunter-Gault, Alyce Myatt, Allen Sabinson and Fred Young. There are 16 board
In late March, Hunter-Gault, Myatt, Sabinson and Young will join Peabody Awards
Director Horace Newcomb, 2009-10 board chair Susan Douglas and 10 others in
Athens to choose the next Peabody recipients from a field of more than 1,000
entries comprising broadcast and cable television, radio and the World Wide
Web. The 2009 recipients are scheduled to be announced March 31, 2010.
Hunter-Gault, the first African-American to enter the University of Georgia and
a graduate of what was then the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism, is an
award-winning reporter now based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Alyce Myatt is executive director of Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media, in
Baltimore, which provides information to the philanthropic community to advance
the field of media arts and public-interest media funding. She is a former vice
president of programming for PBS.
Allen Sabinson is the dean of Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media
Arts and Design in Philadelphia. He was previously president of production at
Miramax Films and held senior positions at ABC, A&E, TNT, NBC and Showtime.
Fred Young recently retired as senior vice president for news at Hearst-Argyle