Izzy Award goes to Matt Taibbi, “News Inside” and Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism.
This year’s Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media will be shared by journalist Matt Taibbi, the publication “News Inside” and Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism for their impactful, in-depth reporting during 2019. Taibbi is being honored for his critical coverage of mainstream U.S. news media and its ties to corporate power; “News Inside,” a print publication distributed to incarcerated people within the United States and Canada, for expanding communication among those behind bars; and the Center for Investigative Journalism (Centro de Periodismo Investigativo) for its bold exposé of corruption and misrule in Puerto Rico.
“Choosing awardees is never an easy decision,” said PCIM director Raza Rumi. “We had scores of nominations, as we always do. We read, watched and listened to many extraordinary examples of independent reporting. Ultimately we were unanimous in choosing these three winners.” Taibbi and “News Inside” director Lawrence Bartley will be among those in attendance for the Izzy Award presentation ceremony, a public event to be held at Ithaca College in late April. Details will be announced later.