Peabody Podcast Winner Number Two: The NBC News Series ‘Southlake.’


The judges’ decisions at the 2022 Peabody Awards are trickling out in a weeklong series of announcements. The latest batch includes another honor for a podcaster: The NBC News podcast Southlake about how critical race theory factored into a fight in a Texas school district.


“In this podcast, NBC reporters Mike Hixenbaugh and Antonia Hylton take listeners through the sordid four-year history of a local story that has national implications for us all,” the Peabodys said in their announcement.


The podcast is about the Dallas suburb of Southlake, where a 2018 video of white high school students chanting the N-word went viral. The Peabodys say the uproar and reckoning the controversy stirred would have put the mostly white enclave on a more inclusive path were it not for the way a school board election allowed the incident and its fallout to become a lightning rod for debate about race and critical race theory – something that has become a buzz phrase in the years since.


“We won a Peabody. I'm so humbled. Thank you to the Peabody jurors. Thank you to everyone who listened to our series. Thank you to the families in Southlake. Thank you to the brilliant and generous people we work with every single day at NBC News,” said Hylton in a Twitter post.


Hixenbaugh echoed that, writing on Twitter, “I’m so grateful to everyone in Southlake and across the country who helped me, Antonia and our team at NBC News tell this important story.”


The Peabody was presented to Southlake by fellow podcaster W. Kamau Bell, who hosts the Politically Re-Activepodcast.


The final Peabody podcast award will be announced today (June 9).


Chosen each year by a diverse board of jurors through unanimous vote, Peabody Awards are given in the categories of entertainment, documentary, news, podcast/radio, arts, children’s and youth, and public service programming. The Peabody Awards were founded in 1940 at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia and are still based in Athens, GA today.

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