4/27 Izzy Award Ceremony Honors The Lever, Mississippi Free Press, and Journalists Carlos Ballesteros and Liza Gross
PCIM will present this year’s Izzy Award “for outstanding achievement in independent media” on April 27 at 6:30 p.m. EDT during a virtual award ceremony. Attendees will hear speeches from, and are invited to a Q&A with, the exemplary outlets and journalists that will receive the award.
Register here to attend the online ceremony.
A four-part investigation by The Lever followed the cash behind a $1.6 billion donation from a Chicago businessman to a conservative political advocacy nonprofit — the largest known dark money transfer in history.
Mississippi Free Press worked to improve public access to open records in the state and uncovered how University of Mississippi officials gave power to wealthy alumni despite open expressions of racism.
Alongside Injustice Watch, Carlos Ballesteros revealed and spurred government action on Chicago Police’s arbitrary denials of U visas, a path to citizenship for undocumented victims of crime.
Liza Gross with Inside Climate News investigated how the oil-industrial complex sold wastewater to farms in Kern County, California, despite the impact of toxic chemicals on crops and soil.
Read more about the winners and Award here.