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PBS NewsHour’s migrant series recognized as Peabody award finalist

Updated on April 19 | The PBS NewsHour series “Desperate Journey” won a Peabody Award in the news category. See all of the 2015 recipients here.


The PBS NewsHour’s series on migrant issues called “Desperate Journey” is among 60 finalists for the Peabody awards, which recognize programs for storytelling. Winners will be announced in the coming weeks.

View some of the reports below and see the full series here.

In June 2015, the U.N. refugee agency reported that the number of displaced people and refugees globally had climbed beyond 50 million for the first time since World War II. The war in Syria was largely to blame and Europe found itself on the front lines of a surge in humanity — refugees and migrants attempting to seek safety, security and opportunity within its open borders.

Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant dispatched to the Greek island of Lesbos to report on the migrants’ stories. He reported on Afghan and Syrian refugees arriving on rubber rafts to escape conflict in their countries.

He captured harrowing images of Molyvos Harbour as coastguards and fishermen brought ashore victims and survivors from a boat carrying about 300 people that had capsized, primarily because of overcrowding.

Brabant reported on Hungary’s controversial “Iron Curtain” aimed at controlling the overwhelming numbers of migrants crossing its borders, and he highlighted the drastically different approaches between neighbors Denmark and Sweden.

NewsHour correspondent William Brangham, meanwhile, tracked the treatment and sometimes mistreatment of refugees as they pushed north and west.

Special correspondent Jane Arraf highlighted the plight of Yazidis hunted and haunted by the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and struggling Syrian refugees in Jordan.

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The NewsHour is in good company. View all 60 Peabody finalists named by the Athens, Georgia-based organization here.

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