Matthias Sundberg!

Heck of a nice guy! (also, grumpy)

No. 5 - Peabody

I kind of won a Peabody.

As part of the Fred Rogers Company and because of the work that I've done to help reinvigorate the legacy of Fred Rogers, I feel particularly proud of this award. It's an award and, as someone said to me once, "Well, if you want an award, there are always contests out there to give you one." But this is a little different.

This gives weight to what I do for a living. I mean, sure, people are always very very nice about the work I do on Daniel, but this is huge. This is people outside the industry. This is the big time. This is bigger than an Emmy.

For the past 6 years (and longer), we've done a lot to keep this awesome company running. For the past 50 years, it's been a mainstay of children's television. Without it, there'd be no Blues Clues, or Wild Kratts or Odd Squad or Peg+Cat or any of it. Without this very important work, we wouldn't have kids who learn what it's like to be another person and to explore empathy with them. You sure don't get it on other unnamable channels.

A lot of this business is Luck. I absolutely lucked into working here at Fred Rogers Company. I lucked into getting to work with awesome kids. I lucked into being able to be associated with this award. But I also worked pretty hard.

So while it does say "The Fred Rogers Company" on that award, a piece of it is mine. That's a little selfish, but I don't think anyone will mind. 

And I'm pretty proud of that.