This image released by PBS shows characters, from left, Tooey, voiced by Sequoia Janvier, Trini, voiced by Vienna Leacock and Molly, voiced by Sovereign Bill, in a scene from the animated series "Molly of Denali." (PBS via AP)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The first nationally distributed children’s series to feature an Alaska Native as the lead character has been awarded a prestigious Peabody Award. KTVA-TV reported that the PBS program “Molly of Denali” won the award in the children’s and youth division. The show focuses on the cartoon character Molly Mabray, an Alaska Native of Gwichin, Koyukon, Dena’ina, and Athabascan heritage. The program first aired in the summer of 2019 and promotes Alaska Native values and literacy. There were 60 nominees chosen this year for the Peabody Awards from nearly 1,300 entries spanning radio and podcasts, digital platforms and television.