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.
The judges are Raza Rumi, director of PCIM; 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, retired journalism professor and founding director of PCIM.
The twelfth annual Izzy Award was presented in 2020 to journalist MATT TAIBBI, Puerto Rican news outlet CENTRO DE PERIODISMO INVESTIGATIVO, and publication NEWS INSIDE.
The eleventh annual Izzy Award was presented in 2019 to journalists LAURA FLANDERS, DAVE LINDORF and AARON MATÉ and publication EARTH ISLAND JOURNAL.
The tenth annual Izzy Award was presented in 2018 to journalists LEE FANG, SHARON LERNER, DAHR JAMAIL and TODD MILLER.
The ninth annual Izzy Award was presented in 2017 to 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 independent 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 author NICK TURSE.
The fifth annual Izzy Award was presented in 2013 to the nonprofit news outlet MOTHER JONES.
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.”
The third annual Izzy Award was presented in 2011 to independent journalist ROBERT SCHEER and independent magazine CITY LIMITS.
The second annual Izzy Award was presented in 2010 to independent journalist JEREMY SCAHILL.
The inaugural Izzy Award was presented in 2009 to blogger GLENN GREENWALD and Democracy Now! host and executive producer AMY GOODMAN.