Katie Couric wins Peabody Award

NBC Today anchor Katie Couric received a Peabody Award on Monday for a very personal report on colon cancer, which included footage of Couric undergoing a colonscopy. At the awards show, Couric read a letter from a fan who said she was encouraged to get tested after seeing the report and learned that she had cancer, The Associated Press reports. “Now that’s the kind of fan mail that makes you realize that what you do matters and you can make a difference.” The HBO mafia series The Sopranos and NBC’s presidential drama The West Wing also received Peabodys. Also honored were two CBS news reports, 60 Minutes II: Death by Denial, about AIDS in Africa, and 48 Hours: Heroes Under Fire, about the death of six Massachusetts firefighters. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision 2000 also received an award for its comic coverage of the aftermath of the presidential election. Malcolm in the Middle, a Fox family sitcom, also won a Peabody.