Jeremy Scahill, December 2008

JEREMY SCAHILL addressed a packed Park Auditorium and identified a key attribute of an independent journalist: heart. He spoke of his evolution from activist for homeless people to volunteer at Democracy Now!, and ultimately to best-selling author and Polk-Award winner for Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army.

With Amy Goodman, he won his first Polk Award for the radio documentary, Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria’s Oil Dictatorship. He’s been a regular contributor to Democracy Now!, The Nation and Real Time with Bill Maher.