ATHENS, Ga., March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Jon Stewart, host of Comedy
Central's award-winning, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, will host the 65th
Annual George Foster Peabody Awards ceremony on Monday, June 5, 2006 at the
Waldorf=Astoria in New York City.
Stewart, awarded two Peabodys for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart:
Indecision 2000 and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision 2004, was
praised by the Peabody board for providing "the kind of cathartic satire that
deflates pomposity on an equal opportunity basis. Somehow this sharp
commentary makes the real issues more important than ever."
The winners of the Peabody Awards for original broadcast, cablecast and
webcast programs presented in 2005, will be announced via webcast and
satellite on April 5 from The University of Georgia.
"Jon Stewart will provide a refreshing combination of journalistic smarts
and comic genius to our ceremony," added Horace Newcomb, director of the
Peabody Awards at The University of Georgia. "He has an enormous respect for
the Peabody culture, so who better to host our landmark 65th anniversary
Stewart has transformed The Daily Show into one of America's most
influential and popular television shows. Stewart and the writers of The
Daily Show also authored "America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy
Inaction" at the end of 2004. The book, which was recently awarded the
Thurber Prize for American Humor, was a staple on The New York Times
bestsellers list for 46 consecutive weeks, including 15 consecutive weeks in
the number one position.
Prior to taking over The Daily Show in 1999, Stewart's television credits
included a one-hour HBO comedy special, Jon Stewart: Unleavened, and a
recurring role as himself on HBO's series-within-a-series, The Larry Sanders
Show. He also hosted The Jon Stewart Show on MTV, which went on to be
Offering biting political satire, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart:
Indecision 2000 and Indecision 2004 had something droll and amusing to say
about almost everything and everyone associated with American politics and the
presidential elections. The highly original pieces covered the campaigns,
conventions, election night and recounts with exceptional insight.
The Peabodys, the oldest award in broadcasting, are considered among the
most prestigious and selective prizes in electronic media. The Peabody Awards
recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations,
networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals. The 15 member
Peabody Board is a distinguished panel of television critics, industry
practitioners and experts in culture and the arts. Selection is made by the
Board following review by special screening committees of University of
Georgia faculty, students, and staff.
The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at UGA administers
the Peabody Awards, as it has since the program's inception in 1940.
Established in 1915, the Grady College provides seven undergraduate majors
including advertising, broadcast news, magazines, newspapers, public
relations, publication management and telecommunication arts. The college
offers two graduate degrees and is home to the Knight Chair in Health and
Medial Journalism. For more information, visit http://www.grady.uga.edu .
For more information regarding the Peabody Awards program, the Peabody
Awards Collection, and the Peabody Center for Media and Society visit:
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