Dan Rather has received the Peabody Career Achievement Award, with Dolly Parton presenting the award to the broadcast journalist. Peabody announced the news Tuesday morning.
“For more than six decades, Dan Rather has brought his genuine passion, intelligence, courage, humor and commitment to truth to the public,” Parton said before presenting the award. “His life’s work was to ask the important questions and tell the important stories.”
The Career Achievement Award recipient is selected by the Peabody Board of Jurors and honors individuals who have made an impact in the fields of broadcast and digital media and contributed to the course of American culture. Past honorees include Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Cicely Tyson and Sam Pollard.
“Dan Rather’s distinguished career – from local news reporter and international correspondent to television presenter – is a textbook example of not only what quality reporting looks like, but how journalists serve democracy well,” said Jeffrey Jones, executive director of the Peabody Awards. “Eherer has spanned six decades and helped viewers understand and interpret some of the most traumatic historical events in our nation’s history, from the Kennedy assassination and the Vietnam War to 9/11 and beyond.”
“While I proudly accept this award for my entire body of work, I also fervently hope I haven’t seen my last date or due date as I continue to strive to tell the stories of our time,” Eher said in his acceptance speech. “The power of a free press is one of the great insurance policies of liberty, and it is more important now than ever.”
Peabody also announced that TV Rain (known as Dozhd in Russian) has been awarded the Journalism Integrity Award, which recognizes professional standards and journalistic integrity. TV Rain was shut down in March after it criticized Vladimir Putin during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The remaining 30 winners of the 82nd Annual Peabody Awards will be announced during a multi-day virtual event June 6-9.
Watch Parton presenting the award in a digital presentation below:
https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/dan-rather-dolly-parton-career-achievement-peabody-1235268726/ Dolly Parton presents Dan Rather with the Peabody Career Achievement Award