We are elated to announce that State of the Re:Union is the winner of a 2014 Peabody Award, one of the highest honors in broadcasting. Peabody judges praised SOTRU saying “it purveys good news—not soft, sugarcoated features but grassroots reporting that demonstrates how everyday people, both rural and urban, are figuring out ways to tackle their communities’ problems.”
“This is a total team win,” said host Al Letson. “From the staff of SOTRU, the staff of WJCT, and loving support from our distributors PRX and NPR, we let our commitment to telling the story of America from the ground up guide the show.”
We are proud to be in the company of the other award winners, including Serial and Radiolab, and many others. The complete list of this year’s honorees is posted here.
State of the Re:Union was recognized for its 2014 season, including episodes exploring the interior of Alaska, the legacy of the sugar industry in Hawai’i, and the stories of families of transgender individuals. You can hear all of the winning episodes below:
The Peabody news comes on the same day we begin releasing our new season, with episodes from the San Gabriel Valley in California, Ithaca, New York, and a new poetry month special. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes to hear the brand-new episodes.
SOTRU is supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Delores Barr Weaver Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.