ESPN’s Coverage of Larry Nassar, Stories of the Survivor Sisters Wins Peabody Award

ESPN has earned a Peabody Award for its coverage of the Larry Nassar trial and subsequent sentencing that included over 140 of his accusers — collectively called the “sister survivors” — filling the 2018 Espys stage last July.

The cross-platform coverage that is cumulatively referred to as “Spartan Silence” was recognized by the Peabody Awards as a winner in the “News/Radio & Podcast/Web/Public Service” category, ESPN announced on Tuesday. The network’s “E:60,” “Outside the Lines,” espnW and “SportsCenter” share the honor.

“This Peabody Award-winning work is among the most impactful journalism the ESPN team has produced in our 40 years of exemplary storytelling,” ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro said in a statement. “The image of over 140 ‘sister survivors’ on our Espys stage last summer will endure, as will the significance of the Peabody Board of Jurors’ esteemed recognition of our efforts.”

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