Powerful Kalief Browder Documentary Earns Peabody Nomination for Sparking Conversation and Social Change

When Time: The Kalief Browder Story debuted last March on Viacom’s Spike (now Paramount Network in the U.S.), it recounted the youth’s tragic incarceration and helped mobilize the movement to shut down New York City’s notorious Rikers Island prison. Now, the Peabody Awards, which salute compelling and crucial forms of digital storytelling, have nominated the six-part miniseries in its Documentary category.

Browder was 22 when he committed suicide after spending over three torturous years incarcerated on Rikers Island for allegedly stealing a backpack at age 16. His trial was repeatedly delayed until charges were dropped. He left prison with crippling PTSD—which ultimately led to his death by suicide.

His story, chronicled in the documentary, led to the formation of the Kalief Browder Foundation, which is determined to “dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline prevalent in disenfranchised communities.

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Colbert to Nation: ‘We Won a Peabody!”

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Congratulations to Stephen Colbert and the team at The Colbert Report on winning a George Foster Peabody Award for its Colbert Super PAC segments.

As always, Colbert summed up the significance of the moment best:

“Folks, this highly prestigious award is bestowed on the greatest shows in radio and television.  And it is my favorite award to win because it is determined by one criterion: EXCELLENCE.”

The Peabody Awards — which celebrate outstanding achievement in electronic media — have been handed out annually since 1941.  This is the second Peabody for The Colbert Report (the first came in 2007), which had Stephen particularly excited on last night’s broadcast because, as he said, “now my Peabodys and my Emmys can double date.”