The Izzy Award


ITHACA, NY — Author Naomi Klein and investigative reporter David Sirota shared the seventh annual Izzy Award, presented by the Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM). The award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in independent media and journalism, was given in a ceremony on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at which both honorees spoke.

Naomi Klein was honored for her landmark 2014 book “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate” – as well as powerful columns in The Nation and The Guardian on topics from climate change to racism to torture. Maverick investigative journalist David Sirota was honored for his dozens of 2014 exposés of corruption in our country’s $3 trillion pension system.

Previous winners of the Izzy Award are investigative journalist/filmmaker John Carlos Frey; journalist/historian Nick Turse; the nonprofit outlet Mother Jones; journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous; the Center for Media and Democracy for “ALEC Exposed”; author/columnist Robert Scheer; New York City’s in-depth outlet City Limits; investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill; blogger/author Glenn Greenwald; and Democracy Now! host/executive producer Amy Goodman.

Last year, Greenwald and Scahill were the first inductees into the new I.F. Stone Hall of Fame.

More info on the seventh annual Izzy Award with Naomi Klein and David Sirota here.


The Izzy Award is named after maverick journalist I. F. Stone, who launched I. F. Stone's Weekly in 1953 and exposed government deception, McCarthyism, and racial bigotry. Presented by the Park Center for Independent Media annually for "outstanding achievement in independent media," the Izzy Award goes to an independent outlet, journalist, or producer for contributions to our culture, politics, or journalism created outside traditional corporate structures. The judges are communications professor and author Robert W. McChesney; Linda Jue, executive director and editor at the G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism; and Jeff Cohen, director of PCIM.

For more information on Izzy Stone, see Jeff Cohen's column or the official website or a June ‘09 Democracy Now! program devoted to his life.

The sixth annual Izzy Award was presented in 2014 to independent reporter JOHN CARLOS FREY and author NICK TURSE. More info here.

The fifth annual Izzy Award was presented in 2013 to the nonprofit news outlet MOTHER JONES. More info here.

The fourth annual Izzy Award was presented in 2012 to Democracy Now! correspondent SHARIF ABDEL KOUDDOUS and to the CENTER FOR MEDIA AND DEMOCRACY for its work on "ALEC Exposed." More info here. 

The third annual  Izzy Award was presented in 2011 to independent journalist ROBERT SCHEER and independent magazine CITY LIMITS. More info here.

The second annual Izzy Award was presented in 2010 to independent journalist JEREMY SCAHILL. More info here.

The inaugural Izzy Award was presented in 2009 to blogger GLENN GREENWALD and Democracy Now! host and executive producer AMY GOODMAN. More info here.


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