The Peabody Awards at the University of Georgia has appointed Marcy Carsey, Herman Gray, Kathy Im, Kim Masters, Mark McKinnon and John Seigenthaler to its Board of Jurors.
The Peabody Board of Jurors is made up of media industry professionals, media scholars, critics and journalists, each appointed by the Peabody director for a renewable three-year term of service. This mix of top-level thought leaders from varied backgrounds, all versed in media excellence, ensures that the list of winning programs will reflect the interest of a broad cross-section of audiences, rather than just media insiders.
The single criteria for receiving a Peabody Award is excellence. Toward that end, jurors ask themselves: Does this story matter? Is this a story that needs telling? Does it inform us as citizens or help us empathize with one another?
The existing Board of Jurors includes Eric Deggans, NPR TV critic; Eddie Garrett (chair), EVP and head of strategy for Weber Shandwick; Jonathan Gray, professor of media and cultural studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison; John Huey, former editor-in-chief of TIME Inc.; Henry Jenkins, professor of communication, journalism, cinematic arts and education at the University of Southern California; Simon Kilmurry, executive director of the International Documentary Association; Martha Nelson, global editor-in-chief of Yahoo Media; Monica Pearson, radio show host, columnist and retired WSB-TV news anchor; Marquita Pool-Eckert, former senior producer of “CBS Sunday Morning;” Naibe Reynoso, host and producer for Ora TV; and Bird Runningwater, director, Native American and Indigenous Program at Sundance Institute.