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Burnett, Stevenson, Cronkite Win Peabody Awards

Apr. 24, 1963 - Carol Burnett (pictured), Adlai Stevenson, and Walter Cronkite were among the winners of George Foster Peabody Awards announced today. The awards for “distinguished achievement by television and radio in 1962” were issued to 18 persons, programs, or stations. The program award for “television public service” went to “A Tour of the White House with Mr. and Mrs. John F. Kennedy.” During a luncheon ceremony in New York’s Pierre Hotel, 525 guests heard a telegram read from President Kennedy, who noted that participants on three winning television programs had a White House connection. The other two shows referred to by the President were “Adlai Stevenson Reports” and “Books for our Time.” Mr. Stevenson is chief U.S. delegate to the U.N. “Books for Our Time,” presented by educational station WNDT, is conducted by August Heckscher, special White House consultant on the arts. Carol Burnett, who received a “television entertainment” award, was honored as “one of television’s funniest and most highly acclaimed comediennes.” Mr. Cronkite received the “television news” award for his work on his evening news presentation and other programs on CBS.

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