Vice News, NPR, CNN, WNYC win double Peabody Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Vice News won two Peabody Awards, including one for reporter Medyan Dairieh’s report on Islamic state fighters, with CNN, NPR and New York public radio station WNYC also winning twice in the annual honors for electronic media.

“Serial,” a podcast that studied the evidence of an 18-year-old accused of murder that was downloaded more than 50 million times, was the first podcast to win a Peabody, which are awarded by the University of Georgia. The news Peabody recipients were announced Monday.

Besides Dairieh’s reports, Vice won for “Last Chance High,” a series on a Chicago school treating troubled youth.

CNN won for reporter Isha Sesay’s coverage of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, and for its investigation into caregiving at veterans’ hospitals.

National Public Radio won for reporting on the Ebola outbreak and for problems in Honduras that contribute to citizens attempting to migrate to the U.S.

WNYC’s “Radiolab” won for a look at the impact of legislation passed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and the radio station shared an award with New Jersey Public Radio for reports on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration.

The Peabodys also specifically cited NBC News reporter Richard Engel for his reporting on the Islamic state. Engel was in the news last week for saying that some of his and NBC’s original reporting about his 2012 kidnapping in Syria had been wrong.

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