(Boston, MA - April 25, 2024) – Boston public media producer GBH has been recognized with eight George Foster Peabody Award nominations for outstanding productions released in 2023.

Produced at GBH, FRONTLINE, U.S. television's longest running investigative documentary series, was recognized by the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors with six nominations. The 2024 Academy-Award winner for Best Documentary 20 Days in Mariupol, produced in partnership with the Associated Press, was nominated in the Documentary category. Other Frontline films recognized with a nomination include America and the Taliban; Clarence & Ginni Thomas:Politics, Power and the Supreme Court; Inside the Iranian Uprising; America’s Dangerous Trucks; and After Uvalde: Guns, Grief & Texas Politics.

GBH News received its first-ever Peabody Award nomination in the radio/podcast category for The Big Dig, a podcast produced in partnership with PRX. The nine-part limited series examines American infrastructure through the lens of the most expensive highway project in the nation's history.

Finally, WORLD, a multiplatform channel that examines the issues and amplifies the voices of those often ignored by mainstream media, received a nomination in the Arts category for the AfroPop documentary Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters, produced in partnership with Black Public Media.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Peabody Awards for the outstanding productions by GBH News, FRONTLINE, and WORLD,” said GBH President and CEO Susan Goldberg. “These nominations reflect the dedication and talent of our teams, who consistently produce impactful content that shed light on critical issues and resonate deeply with audiences across the country.”

Each year, the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors acknowledges exceptional achievements in television, radio, and digital media, highlighting storytelling that reflects today’s most pressing social issues. The 30 winners of the 84th annual Peabody Awards will be announced during a ceremony on June 9 in Los Angeles, California.

GBH’s 2024 Peabody Award Nominees by category are:


WORLD: Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters. In season 15, episode 1 of the WORLD series Afropop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, filmmakers Rosalynde LeBlanc and Tom Hurwitz trace the history and legacy of choreographer-dancer-director Bill T. Jones’ ballet, “D-Man in the Waters.” Emerging in the age of AIDS, the 1989 ballet gave physical manifestation to the fear, anger, grief, and hope for salvation that Jones and colleagues experienced as AIDS took the life of their beloved co-founder Arnie Zane and other troupe members.


FRONTLINE:20 Days in Mariupol. In partnership with The Associated Press, 20 Days in Mariupol draws on Mstyslav Chernov’s daily news dispatches and personal footage of the Russia-Ukraine war. It offers a vivid, harrowing account of civilians caught in the siege, as well as a window into what it’s like to report from a conflict zone, and the impact of such journalism around the globe. The documentary premiered on November 21, 2023 and was honored with an Academy Award in March 2024.


FRONTLINE: Clarence & Ginni Thomas: Politics, Power and the Supreme Court. Made with support from Preserving Democracy, a public media reporting initiative from The WNET Group, filmmaker Michael Kirk and his team tell the inside story of Clarence and Ginni Thomas’ path to power. This May 2023 program traces how race, power and controversy collide in the rise of the Supreme Court justice and his wife and how the couple has reshaped American law and politics.

FRONTLINE:Inside the Iranian Uprising. With a trove of gripping footage filmed by protesters, this documentary goes inside the uprising that rocked Iran after the death of a young woman in police custody — and sheds new light on a regime under unprecedented pressure. Inside the Iranian Uprising originally premiered on PBS in August 2023.

Podcast & Radio

GBH News and PRX:The Big Dig podcast. Hosted by Ian Coss, the nine-part limited series examines American infrastructure through the lens of the most expensive highway project in the nation’s history. The Big Dig podcast premiered on September 27, 2023.

Public Service

FRONTLINE:America and the Taliban. FRONTLINE’s April 2023 program draws on decades of on-the-ground reporting and interviews with Taliban and U.S. officials. The three part series traces how America’s 20-year investment in Afghanistan culminated in Taliban victory and examines the missteps and consequences.

FRONTLINE:America’s Dangerous Truck. Drawing on more than a year of reporting — including leaked documents and interviews with former government insiders, trucking industry representatives, and families of underride crash victims — the documentary reveals how, for decades, federal regulators proposed new rules to try to prevent underride crashes. In collaboration with ProPublica, America’s Dangerous Trucks examines underride crashes and why they keep happening. The documentary originally premiered in June 2023.

FRONTLINE:After Uvalde: Guns, Grief & Texas Politics. Alongside Futuro Investigates and The Texas Tribune, After Uvalde: Guns, Grief & Texas Politics documents the community’s trauma and the fight over assault rifles. Journalist Maria Hinojosa examines the police response, Uvalde’s history of struggle and its efforts to heal. The documentary premiered in May 2023.

About GBH

GBH is the leading multiplatform creator for public media in America. As the largest producer of content for PBS and partner to NPR and PRX, GBH delivers compelling experiences, stories and information to audiences wherever they are. GBH produces digital and broadcast programming that engages, illuminates and inspires, through drama and science, history, arts, culture and journalism. GBH is the creator of such signature programs as MASTERPIECE, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, FRONTLINE, NOVA, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and Arthur and Molly of Denali and a catalog of streaming series, podcasts and on-demand video. GBH’s television channels include GBH 2, GBH 44, GBH Kids and national services GBH WORLD and Create. With studios and a newsroom headquartered in Boston, GBH reaches across New England with GBH 89.7, Boston’s Local NPR; CRB Classical 99.5; CAI, the Cape and Islands NPR station and as a partner to NEPM in Springfield. Dedicated to making media accessible to and representative of our diverse culture, GBH is a pioneer in delivering media to audience members who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired. With PBS LearningMedia, GBH creates curriculum-based digital content for educators nationwide. GBH’s local programming includes Boston Public Radio, Greater Boston, Stories from the Stage, The Culture Show, Basic Black and High School Quiz Show. GBH has been recognized with hundreds of the nation’s premier broadcast, digital and journalism awards. Find more information at gbh.org.

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