The Early Show. [2001-04--excerpts], The Death of a Pope

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Created: 2005


The Early Show. [2001-04--excerpts], The Death of a Pope
Summary: "Harry Smith's reporting from Rome on the death of John Paul II is worthy of Peabody consideration because of his unique ability to take the television viewer into the heart of this news story. He put people from around the world at ease, speaking with them about their faith and about an event of staggering scope. Harry also interviewed cardinals and church scholars about the broad themes and theological intricacies that determined John Paul's papacy and that will influence the papacy to come.

'Harry Smith is tenacious, and he worked around the clock in the streets surrounding St.Peter's during the day and late at night, returning to CBS' live-shot position each morning to report on this event as it happened. He became a pilgrim for several hours one morning before he went on the air in a desire to help us experience the spiritual aspect of the funeral through his eyes -- waiting in line for the opportunity to see the pope's body lying in state in St. Peter's. Not unlike many other pilgrims, Harry never made it to the front of the line to see the pope. But the experience informed him and in turn, informed his viewers.

'Another Harry Smith unique skill can be seen in his stand ups, delivered extemporaneously, while walking with thousands upon thousands of pilgrims on their mecca of a lifetime. Harry was 'live' for 6 hours the day of John Paul's funeral -- always insightful, always respectful and always in the moment for his viewers. In his final 'notebook' piece Harry Smith captured the essence of the life of one of the church's most beloved priests on the day of his burial. It is this rare ability to do live commentary and evocative taped pieces that makes Harry Smith worthy of Peabody consideration."--2005 Peabody Awards entry form

Corporate Producers: CBS News | CBS Television Network

Persons Appearing: Harry Smith (Anchor)

Broadcast Date: April 4-5 & 7-8, 2005