The Peabody Awards

The Peabody Awards

Catalyst Award: ProPublica




Catalyst Award: ProPublica
 2018

The Peabody Board of Jurors unanimously chose to highlight ProPublica for the first-ever Peabody Catalyst Award for a story that brought immediate change to a controversial government practice of family separation at the border. The independent, nonprofit newsroom made headlines in June 2018 for publishing nearly 8 minutes of audio of 10 sobbing Central American children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. The raw wailing and breathless sobs that went unheeded—and mocked—by Border Patrol officers demanded immediate attention and got it. Within 48-hours of publication, the Trump administration retreated, halting its “zero tolerance” immigration policy practice of family separation.



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