Peabody and FX have partnered on a documentary-style television special, Peabody Presents: Stories of the Year, featuring conversations with recent Peabody Award winners about pressing social issues and the positive impact of Stories That Matter. The special airs at 10:30 p.m. on July 7.
“Peabody Awards curate the best in storytelling to promote greater empathy and shift thinking about the world around us,” said Jeffrey P. Jones, executive director of Peabody and professor in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. “As such, we are uniquely positioned to demonstrate how diverse narratives reflect who we are as people. This television special, in partnership with FX, will showcase award-winning content at a critical time in public discourse and further social conversation in meaningful ways. ”
Peabody Presents: Stories of the Year showcases award-winning programming that features diverse narratives tackling important issues. The documentary-style production intertwines conversations about race, the LGBTQ experience, the impact of the #MeToo movement and journalistic integrity with footage from the 78th annual Peabody Awards ceremony held in May. Hasan Minhaj will moderate an intimate discussion among fellow storytellers representing five of the 30 programs released in 2018 to receive a prestigious Peabody Award.
In addition to two-time Peabody Award-winner Minhaj (for “Homecoming King” and “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj”), participants selected for their groundbreaking and visionary work include:
• Steven Canals, co-creator, executive producer and writer of the FX series Pose;
• Paula Lavigne, ESPN investigative reporter for “Spartan Silence: Crisis at Michigan State”;
• Terence Nance, filmmaker and creator of Random Acts of Flyness on HBO; and
• Tracy Heather Strain, director/writer of the PBS/WNET documentary Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart.
For more information about this year’s Peabody Award-winning programs, visit peabodyawards.com.