NPR NEWS AND NPR'S MORNING EDITION WIN PEABODY AWARD FOR THE RACE CARD PROJECT
NPR News and the NPR newsmagazine Morning Edition, in partnership with The Race Card Project, are the recipients of a 2014 George Foster Peabody Award for the series, which invites listeners to distill their thoughts on race and identity into six-word stories. Founded and curated by NPR host and special correspondent Michele Norris, The Race Card Project's partnership with NPR puts these stories at the center of compelling reports that broadcast to the millions of people who listen to Morning Edition and brings them to the stage in front of live audiences across the country.
"Producer Walter Ray Watson and I are so very grateful to all those who have shared their stories with us," says Norris. "That I was en route to Birmingham, Alabama, when this news was announced feels like a remarkable coincidence. On behalf of The Race Card Project team and NPR's Morning Edition: color us happy! And cue the Pharrell!"
Norris has collected tens of thousands of these six-word essays surrounding the complex and shifting story of race in the U.S. The stories are shared on postcards and letters, in tweets and texts, and have also inspired a theatrical event and high profile interviews that are conducted live in front of audiences across the country. NPR Presents recently brought "'12 Years a Slave': A Conversation with Screenwriter John Ridley" to Washington, D.C., for which Norris interviewed the writer and director at NPR headquarters, and "The Race Card Project with Michele Norris" to Lehigh University. NPR and Norris share this award with NPR senior producer Walter Ray Watson and The Race Card Project content administrator Melissa Bear, web designer Adrian Kinloch and technical producer Dave Patrick.
"We are deeply honored by this recognition for The Race Card Project and Michele Norris," says Margaret Low Smith, senior vice president of NPR News. "She has surfaced a stunningly honest conversation about race in America and created a rich and important experience for the NPR audience."
The Race Card Project's honor today marks 61 nods to NPR and NPR programming by the prestigious awards program, now in its 73rd year of recognizing excellence in work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals. A full list of this year's winners is available at the Peabody Awards website.
NPR is an award-winning, multimedia news organization and an influential force in American life that reaches 27 million radio listeners each week, and 22 million people monthly on digital platforms. In collaboration with more than 900 independent public radio stations nationwide, NPR strives to create a more informed public - one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures. To find local stations and broadcast times, visit www.npr.org/stations.