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National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award: Best Online Industry / Arts News Southern California Journalism Award: Best Website, Exclusive to the Internet - Truthdig
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National Entertainment Journalism Award: Online Critic - Peter Richardson, "The Science Delusion"
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Southern California Journalism Award: Best Website, Exclusive to the Internet - Truthdig

Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award: Online Column Writing (Independent) - Robert Scheer, “The Great Recession, c. 2011
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Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award: Editorial Cartooning, Mr. Fish
Southern California Journalism Award: Best Website, Exclusive to the Internet - Truthdig
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Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award: Editorial Cartooning, Mr. Fish
Southern California Journalism Award: Best Website, Exclusive to the Internet – Budget Over 10K - Truthdig
Southern California Journalism Award: Online Journalist of the Year - Bill Boyarsky
Southern California Journalism Award: Online Column/Commentary/Criticism - Chris Hedges, “One Day We'll All Be Terrorists
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Southern California Journalism Award: Online News Story, Feature, Series or Package - Scott Ritter, "Dinner With Ahmed"
Southern California Journalism Award: Online Column/Commentary/Criticism - Chris Hedges, “Party to Murder
Maggie Award: Best Regularly Featured Web Column (Book Review)

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Webby Award: Best Political Blog, Jury
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Truthdig was a finalist for the following awards. 2010: Webby Awards: Best Political Website; Online Journalism Awards: Online Commentary/Blogging (Chris Hedges). 2009: Webby Awards: Best Political Website; Maggie Awards: Best Web Article (Chris Hedges, "The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff"). 2008: Online Journalism Awards: General Excellence, Medium Site, and Topical Reporting (Bill Boyarsky, “On the Campaign Trail”); Webby Awards: Official Nominee, Politics; Maggie Awards: Best Web Column (Bill Boyarsky, “On the Campaign Trail”); Maggie Awards: Best Website; Weblog Awards: Best Liberal Blog; Weblog Awards: Best Political Coverage.


Truthdig was co-founded by Los Angeles entrepreneur Zuade Kaufman, who serves as publisher, and journalist Robert Scheer, the website's editor.

In this hyperlinked, blog-filled, talk-show-dominated world, discourse is often a food fight. It is increasingly difficult for people seeking to understand the world to find stories in depth, told by those who know their topic best.

An exception in 2004 was "The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq," by columnist Robert Scheer, co-authored with his son Christopher Scheer and reporter Lakshmi Chaudhry and funded by readers of the website Despite receiving little play in the media, the book, which describes the roots of the Iraq quagmire, received publicity via the Internet, alternative radio shows and word of mouth and landed on the Los Angeles Times best-seller list. Three decades earlier, Pulitzer Prize finalist Scheer had challenged conventional thinking with 1965's groundbreaking "How the U.S. Got Involved in Vietnam," which helped to launch a new era of investigative reporting.

The lesson was that if you respect the story and present it in a clear way, it will find an audience. There have always been and will always be people digging for the truth, rather than simply accepting the conventional wisdom of the day. It is these people we hope to reach with our news website, Truthdig.


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Mr. Fish
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Kasia Anderson, Assistant Editor
Nick Anderson, Cartoonist
Perry Anderson, Reviewer
David Antoon, Contributor
Christian G. Appy, Reviewer
Mark Arax, Reviewer
Tom Artin, Reviewer
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The Rev. Ed Bacon, Contributor
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Allen Barra, Contributor
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Larry Beinhart, Contributor
Clay Bennett, Cartoonist
Thor Benson,
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Jeremy Bernstein, Reviewer
Norman Birnbaum, Contributor
Arthur Blaustein, Contributor
James G. Blight, Contributor
Tracy Bloom, Assistant Editor
Bill Blum, Contributor
Larry Blumenfeld, Contributor
Steven Borowiec, Contributor
Andy Borowitz, Contributing Columnist
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Liesl Bradner, Reviewer
Fred Branfman, Contributor
Carol Brightman, Contributor
Peter Brooks, Reviewer
Stephen Brown, Reviewer
Zbigniew Brzezinski, Contributor
Alexis Camins, Contributor
Lou Cannon, Reviewer
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T.L. Caswell, Contributor
Ken Catalino, Cartoonist
Celia Chazelle, Reviewer
John Cheney-Lippold, Contributor
Robert Christgau, Reviewer
Jane Ciabattari, Reviewer
Marie Cocco, Columnist
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Patrick Cockburn, Contributor
Elliot D. Cohen, Contributor
Warren I. Cohen, Reviewer
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Juan Cole, Contributor
David Coleman, Contributor
Robert Collier, Contributor
Joe Conason, Columnist
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Marc Cooper, Contributor
John Crawford, Contributor
Paul Cummins, Contributor
Tad Daley, Contributor
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Lauren B. Davis, Reviewer
Mike Davis, Contributor
Roisin Davis, Assistant Editor
Marcia Alesan Dawkins, Columnist
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John Dean, Contributor
Michael Deibert, Contributor
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Adam Elkus, Contributor
Richard Ellis, Contributor
Daniel Ellsberg, Contributor
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Jason Epstein, Contributor
Reese Erlich, Contributor
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Mike Farrell, Contributor
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Jay Feldman, Reviewer
Mark Fiore, Contributing Cartoonist
Mark A. Fischer, Reviewer
Mr. Fish, Cartoonist
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Stan Goff, Contributor
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Roger Gould, Contributor
Kevin Douglas Grant,
Larry Gross, Contributor
Andrew Gumbel, Contributor
Natasha Hakimi Zapata, Assistant Editor and Poetry Editor
Theodore Hamm, Contributor
Sam Harris, Contributor
Danny Postel and Nader Hashemi, Contributors
Tom Hayden, Contributor
Thomas Hedges, Contributor
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Mark Heisler, Contributor
Doug Henwood, Contributor
Mary Hershberger, Contributor
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Lena Herzog,
Steven Hill, Contributor
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Megan Hustad, Reviewer
Gary Indiana, Reviewer
Michael Intriligator, Contributor
Susan Jacoby, Reviewer
Martin Jacques, Contributor
Dahr Jamail, Contributor
Chalmers Johnson, Contributor
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Channing Joseph, Contributor
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Carla Kaplan, Contributor
Zachary Karabell, Contributor
Donald Kaufman, Contributor
Zuade Kaufman, Publisher
Michael Kazin, Reviewer
Nikki Keddie, Reviewer
Alexander Reed Kelly, Assistant Editor
Tom Kemper, Contributor
Anthony Kenny, Reviewer
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Parag Khanna, Contributor
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Jonathan Kirsch, Reviewer
Sonali Kolhatkar, Contributor
Joel Kotkin, Reviewer
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Mike Luckovich, Cartoonist
Ruben Luengas, Contributor
John Lukacs, Reviewer
Edna Machirori, Contributor
Jeff Madrick, Reviewer
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Ruth Marcus, Contributor
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Chris Mooney, Contributor
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Andrew Nagorski, Reviewer
Cristina Nehring, Contributor
Christian Neumeister, Intern
Glen Newey, Reviewer
Mark O'Connell,
China Okasi, Contributor
Greg Palast, Contributor
Christian Parenti, Contributor
Cherilyn Parsons, Contributor
Eve Pell, Reviewer
Suzanne Pepper, Reviewer
William Pfaff, Columnist
Gary Phillips, Contributor
Tony Platt, Contributor
Sergei Plekhanov, Contributor
Dwayne Powell, Cartoonist
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Nomi Prins, Contributor
Tracy Quan, Reviewer
Ryan Quinn, Contributor
Jean Randich, Reviewer
Shaun Randol, Reviewer
Frederic Raphael, Reviewer
Helen Redmond, Contributor
Richard Reeves, Syndicated Columnist
Robert Reich, Contributor
Peter Richardson, Reviewer
Carrie Rickey, Contributor
David Rieff, Reviewer
Tim Riley, Reviewer
Scott Ritter, Contributor
Eugene Robinson, Contributor
Francis Robinson, Reviewer
Clara Romeo, Contributor
Mike Rose, Contributor
Nir Rosen, Dig Leader
Ruth Rosen, Reviewer
Onnesha Roychoudhuri, Contributor
Louise Rubacky, Reviewer
Heather Sarantis, Contributor
Mark Sarvas, Contributor
Jeremy Scahill, Contributor
Joshua Scheer, Contributor
Peter Z. Scheer, Managing Editor
Robert Scheer, Editor in Chief
Orville Schell, Contributor
Richard Schickel, Contributor
Nicholas Schmidle, Contributor
G.W. Schulz, Contributor
Sharon Scranage, Contributor
Ruth Scurr, Reviewer
Barry F. Seidman, Contributor
Molly Selvin, Contributor
Robin Shamburg, Reviewer
Jonathan Shapiro, Reviewer
Richard Shelton, Reviewer
Carey Shenkman, Contributor
Scott Sherman, Reviewer
The Rev. Madison Shockley, Contributor
Nicholas Shumaker, Contributor
Dan Siegel, Contributor
Aram Sinnreich, Contributor
Demitrious C. Sinor, Contributor
David Sirota, Contributor
Travis Smith, Web Developer
Timothy Snyder, Reviewer
Norman Solomon, Columnist
Howie Stier, Contributor
Deanne Stillman, Contributor
Peter Stothard, Reviewer
Susanne Strimling, Contributor
Kip Sullivan, Contributor
Bhaskar Sunkara, Contributor
Paul Szep, Cartoonist
Carol Tavris, Reviewer
Sunsara Taylor, Contributor
Peta Thornycroft, Contributor
Kevin Tillman, Contributor
John Timpane, Reviewer
Sandy Tolan, Contributor
Scott Tucker, Contributor
Nick Turse, Reviewer
Lauren Unger-Geoffroy, Contributor
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Paul Von Blum, Contributor
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Karen Lee Wald, Contributor
Richard Walden, Contributor
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Harvey Wasserman, Contributor
Steve Wasserman, Contributor
Bernard Weisberger, Contributor
Lawrence Weschler, Contributor
Sara Weschler, Contributor
Pamela Alma Weymouth, Contributor
Katherine Wharton, Reviewer
Stuart Whatley, Contributor
Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Reviewer
Mel White, Reviewer
Jon Wiener, Contributor
Amy Wilentz, Reviewer
Signe Wilkinson, Cartoonist
Wellford Wilms, Contributor
Emily Wilson, Contributor
Brenda Wineapple, Reviewer
Eunice Wong, Book Editor
Col. Ann Wright, Contributor
Susan Zakin, Contributor