The George Foster Peabody Awards, more commonly known as simply the "Peabody Awards", are annual awards given for excellence in radio and television broadcasting and cable television within the United States. Founded in 1940, the awards are administered by the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. The awards are named after the banker-philanthropist George Foster Peabody who donated the funds to initiate the awards.
The Peabody Awards are generally regarded as the most prestigious awards within the fields of broadcast journalism, documentary making, educational programming and children's programming. Awards are also given in the category of entertainment, but in this case the Peabody Award is probably less significant than the Emmy Award. The Peabody Awards were originally only for radio, but in 1948 television awards were introduced. In the late 1990s additional categories for material distributed via the world wide web were added. Materials created for theatrical motion picture release are not eligible.