A Courier Journal and ABC News special report about the life and death of Breonna Taylor has been named a nominee for a prestigious Peabody Award.
“Say Her Name: Breonna Taylor,” a two-hour joint investigation between ABC’s 20/20 and the Louisville newspaper, is one of 60 named nominees selected out of more than 1,300 entries.
“This nomination is a tribute to the hard work and partnership between two extremely dedicated and talented staffs,” Courier Journal News Director Mike Trautmann said. “The episode showcased the expertise gathered in uncovering what really happened when police went to Breonna Taylor’s apartment and why things went so horribly wrong.”
ABC’s 20/20 tweeted it was humbled by the nomination of the episode produced in conjunction with The Courier Journal.
The November 2020 report featured Taylor’s personal home videos, new interviews with key players connected to the case and body camera footage from the night of the March 13, 2020, raid.
Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman and emergency room technician, was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police officers attempting to serve a search warrant at her apartment as a part of a broader narcotics investigation.
After police used a battering ram to force entry into Taylor’s apartment, her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired one shot that struck Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly. Walker later said he thought an intruder was breaking in.
Three officers — Mattingly and detectives Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankison — fired 32 rounds in response, striking Taylor six times. She died in her apartment hallway without receiving medical attention.
Cosgrove and Hankison have since been fired by LMPD, and Mattingly plans to retire effective June 1.
The Courier Journal and ABC were named nominees in the news category, alongside 15 others pieces. The nominees also include works in entertainment, documentary, arts, podcasting and radio, public service, and children and youth programming.
The nominees were chosen by a unanimous vote of the award’s 19 jurors.
Thirty winners will be named in June.
The Peabody Awards are based at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in Athens, Georgia.
“During an incredibly turbulent and difficult year, these nominees rose to the occasion and delivered compelling and empowering stories,” said Martha Nelson, chair of the Peabody Board of Jurors, in a news release.
Other nominees include major broadcast and streaming organizations like PBS, Netflix and HBO, as well as local news stations in Minneapolis, Phoenix and Sacramento.
The Courier Journal’s reporting on Taylor’s death and LMPD’s actions has also been recognized by the Kentucky Press Association and as a runner-up for the Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting from the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Media, Communication and Information and the Denver Press Club.