The Izzy Award is named after maverick journalist I. F. “Izzy” 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.
This year’s judges are Jeff Cohen, founding PCIM director and founder of FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting); Esther Kaplan, investigations editor at Insider; Victor Pickard, professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania; Patricia Rodriguez, former chair of the Department of Politics at Ithaca College and analyst at Earthworks in Washington, D.C.; and Raza Rumi, director of the Park Center for Independent Media.
For more information on Izzy Stone, see a June ‘09 Democracy Now! program devoted to his life.
The winners of the 15th annual Izzy Award were The Lever, Mississippi Free Press, Carlos Ballesteros, and Liza Gross.
The Lever’s April 2 newsletter celebrates the outlet’s 2023 Izzy Award win.
The 14th honored The City, Block Club Chicago, Indigenously, and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
The 13th annual Izzy Award was presented in 2021 to journalists Tim Schwab and Liliana Segura, and outlet Truthout.
The 12th honored journalist Matt Taibbi, Puerto Rican outlet Centro de Periodismo Investigativo, and publication News Inside.
The 11th Izzy Award honored journalists Laura Flanders, Dave Lindorff and Aaron Maté and publication Earth Island Journal.
The 10th annual Izzy Award was presented in 2018 to journalists Lee Fang, Sharon Lerner, Dahr Jamail and Todd Miller.
The ninth annual Izzy Award honored in 2017 journalists Shane Bauer, Ari Berman, Seth Freed Wessler, and “America Divided.”
The eighth annual Izzy Award was presented in 2016 to Inside Climate News and journalists Jamie Kelven and Brandon Smith.
The seventh annual Izzy Award was presented in 2015 to author Naomi Klein and investigative journalist David Sirota.
The sixth annual Izzy Award was presented in 2014 to independent reporter John Carlos Frey and journalist and author Nick Turse.
The fifth annual Izzy Award was presented in 2013 to the nonprofit news outlet Mother Jones for eye-opening investigations.
The fourth annual Izzy Award honored in 2012 correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous and the Center for Media and Democracy.
The third annual Izzy Award was presented in 2011 to independent journalist Robert Scheer and indy magazine City Limits.
The second annual Izzy Award was presented in 2010 to independent journalist Jeremy Scahill for news on military contractors.
The inaugural Izzy Award was presented in 2009 to blogger Glenn Greenwald and Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman.