Peabody Awards for 2008 will go to one of the most diverse and socially-responsible lineups of programs in the history of television's oldest and most prestigious award. They range from ABC TV's serialized drama, Lost and HBO's John Adams miniseries to CNN's coverage of the presidential election and NBC's Opening Ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics. YouTube, Saturday Night Live and The Onion were also honored.

In terms of Baltimore flavor, ABC News won for its Hopkins documentary, a sequel to Hopkins 24/7 that followed the lives of doctors and patients at the world-renowned hospital. WBAL-TV (Channel 11), Baltimore's NBC affiliate, will share a Peabody with 24 other stations owned by Hearst-Argyle -- for reporting by a TV group on political candidates and races.

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"All-access filmmaking in the corridors and operating rooms of a fabled teaching hospital produced human drama of open-heart intensity," the judges said of the Hopkins series.

The awards, which were announced Wednesday, also honored some of the most innovative and daring broadcast efforts in decades. They included The Giant Pool of Money, a team effort by public radio's This American Life and NPR to explain the nation's economic meltdown long before any TV networks or cable channels tried to do so.

NBC's Saturday Night Live won for its political coverage that included Tina Fey as Alaska Gov. and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

"The late-night legend stole the election-year thunder from its satirical competition on cable and may have swayed the election itself," the judges said.

One of the most encouraging awards was the one that went Richard Engel, of NBC Nightly News, for a series of battlefield reports from Afghanistan. Engel is one the last great war correspondents, and it is nice to see him honored.

For a complete list of awards: http://www.peabody.uga.edu

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