CBS 5 News has won a prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for a series of reports on Agent Orange drums that were secretly buried three decades ago on a U.S. Army base.

The awards panel said, "A dying veteran's confession sparked this powerful account of secretly buried drums of Agent Orange on a South Korean U.S. Army base. Reporter Tammy Leitner traveled to Korea and examined the chemical's effects on Korean kids and U.S. military personnel."

George Foster Peabody Awards recognize distinguished achievement and meritorious service by broadcasters, cable and webcasters, producing organizations and individuals. The awards program is administered by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Selection is made each spring by the Peabody Board, a 16-member panel of distinguished academics, television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts.

Today the George Foster Peabody Awards are often cited as the most selective and prestigious in electronic media. Each year, from more than 1,000 entries, the Peabody Board selects the most outstanding works by unanimous vote. Though there is no set number of awards, no more than 38 have ever been presented in a single year.

The "Toxic Secrets" series of reports were produced by 5 Investigates' reporter Tammy Leitner, photojournalist and producer David Paredes, and CBS 5 News executive producer Kathy Clark.

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