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Rosenstein's Peabody award-winning documentary set to broadcast in New York

2/1/2012  8:00 am

PBS station WLIW, New York, the #1 market in the U.S., will air the Professor Jay Rosenstein's documentary "The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today" on Monday March 12th at 10 pm as part of Women's History Month. Originally broadcast nationally on PBS in June of 2011, "The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today" is now being re-fed to PBS for broadcasts in March, 2012 to coincide with the 64th anniversary of the historic Supreme Court ruling of the case McCollum vs. Board of Education, which is profiled in the documentary. In addition to the broadcast on WLIW, other broadcast confirmations are still being added and are listed here.


In May of 2011, "The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today" was awarded the most prestigious international honor for electronic media today: The Peabody Award. The Peabody Awards are known as the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize for TV and radio, and in winning one, Professor Rosenstein joined the ranks of past Peabody winners including Walter Cronkite, Bill Moyers, Ken Burns, Jon Stewart, and Spike Lee. Because of the award, the documentary was added to the permanent collection of television history at New York's Paley Center for Media.  


In July, Professor Rosenstein received the Silver Gavel award from the American Bar Association. "The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today" was chosen as the best television program in 2011 for "fostering the American public's understanding of law." Only six Silver Gavel Awards are presented each year, one each in the categories of Books, Magazines, Newspapers, Radio, TV, and Documentary.


Other awards received by the documentary include two Emmy Awards, for Best Historical Documentary and Best Writing in the Mid-America region, a Gracie Award for Documentary from the Alliance for Women in Media, a CINE Golden Eagle, and a Bronze Telly.