'Malcolm,' 'Daily Show,' 'West Wing,' 'Sopranos' among Peabody winners

Thursday, March 29th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ Fox's comedy series ``Malcolm in the Middle'' and Comedy Central's ``The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision 2000'' were among the winners Thursday of the Peabody awards for broadcast or cable excellence.

The only repeat winners were NBC's political drama ``The West Wing'' and ``The Sopranos,'' the Home Box Office series about a mob family.

The only other program to have won the honor two years in a row was CBS's quirky ``Northern Exposure,'' said Louise Benjamin, interim director of the Peabody Awards.

The annual awards are handed out by the University of Georgia's Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. A total of 34 winners were selected this year from nearly 1,100 entries.

Katie Couric, host of NBC's ``Today'' show, won an award for her weeklong series on colorectal cancer, during which she underwent a colonoscopy on the air. Couric's husband, TV legal analyst Jay Monahan, died three years ago from the disease, which was discovered too late.

HBO was one of the big winners, hauling in five awards, including for ``The Sopranos.'' It also won for ``King Gimp,'' an Oscar-winning documentary about a disabled artist; ``Ali-Frazier 1: One Nation . . . Divisible''; ``Cancer: Evolution to Revolution,'' and the miniseries ``The Corner.''

In local television news coverage, KHOU in Houston won for breaking the story about Firestone tires and tread separation. WJXT in Jacksonville, Fla., won for its documentary on domestic violence.

Public Broadcasting Service presented four winning programs produced by WGBH-TV in Boston.

Public radio was cited for three programs: ``The NPR 100,'' which highlighted the 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century; Minnesota Public Radio's financial news program ``Marketplace''; and ``Witness to an Execution.''

The Peabody board also gave a personal award to H. Martin Haag, longtime head of broadcast news for the A.H. Belo Corp. Haag, who now works as an executive at Audience Research & Development in Dallas, was cited for his award-winning work as news director at WFAA-TV in Dallas from 1973 to 1989.

Haag was credited with raising journalistic standards for television news and with investing more time in exploring issues and trends, instead of simply chasing breaking stories.