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Peabody Awards: David Letterman, Jon Stewart to be honored

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Former late-night TV hosts David Letterman and Jon Stewart will be honored alongside Emmy-winning nonfiction filmmaker Stanley Nelson at the upcoming 75th Annual Peabody Awards. The University of Georgia-based awards body also announced, for the first time in its history, a group of 60 finalists competing for 30 winners’ slots.

The Peabody Awards recognizes achievement in media — particularly news, radio, podcasts, entertainment, and documentaries. Letterman hosted CBS’ The Late Show beginning in 1993 until departing in 2015, while Stewart helmed Comedy Central’s The Daily Show from 1999-2015.

The 30 Peabody Award winners will be revealed in a series of announcements on Facebook Live begining April 19 ahead of the ceremony gala, which Keegan-Michael Key will host May 21 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. A 90-minute television special covering the event will air June 6 at 8 p.m. ET on Pivot.

Check out the full roster of Peabody Awards finalists here.

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