Congratulations to Sunnybrook neuropsychiatrist Dr. Anthony Feinstein as his documentary Under Fire: Journalists in Combat has recently won a prestigious Peabody award for powerfully capturing the psychological cost of covering war.
"We are most proud of Anthony for this truly outstanding achievement," said Dr. Ari Zaretsky, Chief of Psychiatry at Sunnybrook, who described Feinstein as the department's "renaissance psychiatrist" and a "uniquely gifted and inquisitive academic neuropsychiatrist".
Feinstein will be presented the award at a gala May 20 in New York City. The Peabody Awards, the oldest awards in broadcasting, are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes in electronic media. The Peabodys recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals.
The 16-member Peabody Board is a distinguished panel of television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts. Selection is made by the Board following review by special screening committees of University of Georgia faculty, students, and staff. Out of 1000 entries, there are on average only 25-35 Peabody Award winners chosen annually.
A Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, Dr. Feinstein's research interests span the depth and breadth of psychiatry. He is publishing seminal research on the neuropsychiatric aspects of multiple sclerosis while at the same time investigating the previously unrecognized mental health morbidity of journalists, who because of their work, are routinely exposed to severely traumatic events.
The film was also short-listed for a 2012 Academy Award nomination.
For more info on the film and where it is distributed, please visit underfirejournalistsincombat.webs.com. The film will be re-airing on Documentary Channel HD, Canada on April 21, 2013, at 8 pm Eastern Standard Time.