Jon Stewart to Host 65th Annual Peabody Awards

Winners to Be Announced April 5 From The University of Georgia

Mar 20, 2006, 00:00 ET from Peabody Awards

    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
 nationally syndicated.
     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 .
     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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