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2023 Peabody Awards Ceremony Canceled

This year’s Peabody Awards ceremony has been canceled. The organization made the announcement Monday evening. The decision to cancel the 83rd annual celebration honoring stories in broadcasting, streaming and digital media was due to challenges presented as a result of the Writers Guild of America strike. This year’s ceremony was scheduled for June 11 in Lost Angeles. Thirty-nine winners were to be honored this year. This was to be the organization's first in-person ceremony since 2019.

Full Statement:

“As an organization dedicated to honoring the most compelling and empowering stories in broadcasting and streaming media, we recognize and respect the position that many of this year’s Peabody Award winners find themselves in,” reads the official statement. “Due to the ongoing uncertainty and meaningful challenges that exist industrywide, we have decided to cancel the 83rd annual Peabody Awards ceremony that was set to take place on June 11 in Los Angeles. Canceling the ceremony is extremely disappointing as this year’s 39 winners are immensely talented and have brought forth powerful stories that deserve to be celebrated.”

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!