Kartemquin and Minding the Gap win Peabody Awards

The Peabody Awards today announced that Kartemquin Films will receive an Institutional Award at the 78th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 18 in New York City.

We are also delighted to share that Minding the Gap will receive a 2019 Peabody Award for Documentary at the May ceremony.

Read the official release from the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication here.

The Peabody Awards honor the most powerful, enlightening and invigorating stories in broadcast and digital media. Each year, Peabody Awards are bestowed upon a curated collection of 30 stories that capture society’s most important issues. Honorees must be unanimously chosen by the Peabody Board of Jurors, a diverse assembly of industry professionals, media scholars, critics, and journalists who each bring a unique perspective of what constitutes a story that matters.

Throughout its history, the Peabody Awards have honored people or institutions that have contributed to the world of broadcasting and entertainment programming through their steadfast commitment to excellence, innovation or public service. Previous Institutional winners include The Fred Rogers Company, 60 Minutes, Independent Television Service (ITVS), and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

This year's recognition doubles Kartemquin's aggregate total of Peabody Awards, with Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita, directed by Maria Finitzo, winning in 2009; and Hoop Dreams, directed by Steve James, winning in 1995.

The 2019 Peabody Awards ceremony is Saturday, May 18 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

Read the official statement from the Peabody Board of Jurors below:

"The board also named Kartemquin Films winner of an Institutional Award for its commitment to unflinching documentary filmmaking and telling an American history rooted in social justice and the stories of the marginalized. Founded in 1966 in Chicago as a nonprofit collective, Kartemquin has served as a home for filmmakers to develop their craft and produce films that promote dialogue and democracy. Driven by the passionate belief that documentaries have an obligation to examine and critique society through the stories of real people, Kartemquin brought us the seminal film "Hoop Dreams” (1994), as well as this year’s winner “Minding the Gap."

"Proudly based outside of the major production hubs on the coasts, Kartemquin has fostered a community of socially-responsible filmmakers, nurturing emerging talent through a commitment to a collaborative, mentorship-based model of filmmaking practice. Today, they have formalized their filmmaker development programs to train young documentarians in the Midwest, while acting as a leading advocacy organization for the entire field on issues such as fair use and defending public funding and broadcasts of documentary films.

Minding the Gap is now available to stream on Hulu and playing in theaters and at festivals worldwide.

The Kartemquin film catalogue, containing 53 years of award-winning independent documentary filmmaking, is available to rent or purchase (including a year-long subscription) via watch.kartemquin.com.