The Peabody Awards

The Peabody Awards

Peabody Conversations: Spartan Silence: Crisis at Michigan State


Text by Margaret Blanchard, Video by Stephen An - 10/15/19


“What we did overall was to tackle an institution that had a pattern of suppressing and ignoring women who were trying to get help,” Paula Lavigne says of “Spartan Silence: Crisis at Michigan State” in this Peabody Conversation with fellow ESPN reporter John Barr. The reports shed light on how sexual predators like Larry Nassar can go undetected for years while victims are silenced or not believed. Peabody Awards honored the series “for looking beyond the heinous deeds of one evil individual to the broader MSU system that allowed rape and sexual assault to continue for almost two decades.”