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Newtown TV coverage, 'Girls' win Peabody Awards

The Associated Press, Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 8:57am (PDT)

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A TV station's coverage of the Connecticut school massacre, the HBO drama "Girls," and a public-service campaign about Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts' medical battle are among 39 Peabody Award winners.

Recipients of the 72nd annual Peabody Awards were announced Wednesday by the University of Georgia's journalism school. They were chosen by the Peabody board as the best electronic media works of 2012.

Connecticut station WVIT-TV won an award for its "quick response and comprehensive coverage" of the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Other winners include "Rapido y Furioso," a Univision program examining the "Fast and Furious" federal law enforcement operation targeting gun trafficking in the U.S. and Mexico.

Entertainment winners included the FX series "Louie;" TNT's "Southland" police drama; and the ABC family drama "Switched at Birth."

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