The Peabody Awards are one of journalism’s highest honors. This week, we won two of them in the radio/podcast category.
Both stories focused on the past and present of structural racism in America.
Kept Out, our investigation into modern-day redlining, revealed that African Americans and Latinos continue to be routinely denied conventional mortgage loans at rates far higher than their white counterparts. The investigation was done in partnership with PRX, PBS NewsHour and The Associated Press. Listen to the show here.
The other Peabody Award went to Monumental Lies, our collaboration with Type Investigations. In the show, two reporters – one black, one white – travel to Confederate monuments and learn the twisted history still being taught on the grounds, all with the help of more than $40 million in taxpayer money. The show also tells the story of an attempt to create a new monument to the conquistador who built the first Spanish settlement in New Mexico, and how an act of vandalism turned it into a public fight over the history of colonization. Listen to the show here.
In addition, we won three Sigma Delta Chi awards from the Society of Professional Journalists this week. Two went to the Kept Out project: The NewsHour video won for Public Service in Television Journalism, and the Reveal show took home the award for radio documentary.
Case Cleared: How Rape Goes Unpunished in America, our collaboration with Newsy and ProPublica, won for online investigative reporting.
While we often get recognized for our investigative reporting, we have a long history of creativity and innovation. And we were recognized for that this week as well.
The National Headliner Awards honored us with two first place awards. The Office of Missing Children, a hand-drawn animation detailing one child’s experience of being separated from his family at the border, won for Online Video 3-10 minutes.
And we won the social media award for a bunch of successful experiments, including inviting the public in to help us investigate stories, getting our raw reporting into the hands of local reporters across the country to localize our stories and our clapbacks at Facebook for suppressing our stories.