New Teachers Film Wins Peabody Award

The documentary film, "The First Year," which chronicles the experiences of five first-year teachers, has won a prestigious Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting. The film, by documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, was one of 34 broadcast productions selected for the award from more than 1,100 entries around the country. The California State University and The J. Paul Getty Trust served as co-sponsors for the film.

"The First Year" transports its viewers to a front-line seat as five novice teachers face, with passionate caring, their daily trials, frustrations and triumphs in today's public schools. It forms part of a multi-faceted teacher recruitment campaign directed at attracting new candidates to the challenging profession of teaching. It is estimated that the United States will need more than two million new teachers this decade.

The director, Davis Guggenheim, has directed television series episodes for E.R. and N.Y.P.D. Blue and the feature film "Gossip." He is also the husband of actress Elizabeth Shue and son of Academy Award-winning documentary director Charles Guggenheim.

The critically acclaimed film, first aired on PBS last September, was released in conjunction with a variety of teacher recruitment resources. For more information on the film, see the PBS site.

The awards will be presented at a May 20 luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. Walter Cronkite will host this year's awards ceremony. The George Foster Peabody Awards, first awarded in 1940, recognize outstanding achievement in broadcasting and cable. The awards are administered by the University of Georgia's College of Mass Communication. For information about the 2001 Peabody Awards, see Peabody.

Contact Information:
Documentary Director Davis Guggenheim or
Producer Julia Schachter, 323-933-8462
Getty Communications Dept., Karen Nelson, 310-440-6470
CSU Public Affairs, 562-951-4800


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Last Updated: 2 April 2002

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