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'Serial' becomes first podcast to win a Peabody Award

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Serial, the podcast about the 1999 murder of a young woman in Baltimore County, Maryland that captured the nation’s attention last fall, is now a Peabody Award winner. The 12-episode series became the first podcast honored by the venerable group in its 74-year history.

“In addition to the stalwarts of radio and news, winners such as Serial and VICE News demonstrate how new avenues and approaches to storytelling can have a major impact on how we understand truth, reality, and events,” Dr. Jeffrey P. Jones, Director of the Peabody Awards, said in a statement.

Produced by the creators of This American Life and hosted by journalist Sarah Koenig, the first season of Serial told the story of Hae Min Lee, a teenager who was murdered in 1999. The podcast featured extensive interviews with the man convicted of killing Lee, her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed, who has maintained his innocence throughout the last 16 years. A new podcast called Undisclosed: The State v. Adnan Syed has continued to follow the case, but it’s not affiliated with Serial. The show’s second season, which does not yet have an air date, will focus on a new case.

For the full list of 74th annual Peabody Award winners, head here.

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