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Truthdig, founded in 2005 by Publisher Zuade Kaufman and Editor in Chief Robert Scheer, is dedicated to reporting on current issues that are insufficiently covered by mainstream media. The website’s mission is to dig beneath the headlines, provide expert reporting and commentary and offer an outlet for original work by exceptional journalists.

Truthdig is known for honest and credible reporting and careful fact checking by our professional staff. We insist that our reporting meet the highest standards and focus on the issues that matter most.

Over the years, our peers have recognized our efforts. Our honors include six Webby Awards, 21 awards from the Los Angeles Press Club and affiliated organizations, and three awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.

We do not tell any of our contributors what to write, and the website does not always agree with the views of its writers and bloggers. We are proud to have created a home for provocative and talented writers and to give them the freedom to pursue a story wherever it takes them.

Truthdig’s team is composed of writers and editors who have worked for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Daily News and other major publications. Guiding the staff is Robert Scheer, an award-winning journalist with more than 50 years’ experience.

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People behind Truthdig
founders
Zuade Kaufman
Publisher
Robert Scheer
Editor in Chief
staff
Clara Romeo
Editorial Assistant
Donald Kaufman
Correspondent
Emma Niles
Assistant Editor
Eric Ortiz
Managing Editor
Eunice Wong
Book Editor
Kasia Anderson
Deputy Editor
Natasha Hakimi Zapata
Assistant Editor and Poetry Editor
Sarah Wesley
Publishing Coordinator
copy editors
T.L. Caswell
Copy Editor
Barbara Dunlap
Contributor
Gregory Glover
Copy editor
Heidi Swillinger
Copy editor
Sheri Gordon
Copy Desk Chief
Viv Chamichian
Copy editor
contributors
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Aaron Glantz
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Adam Elkus
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Alan Minsky
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Alexis Camins
Contributor
Allen Barra
Contributor
Allen McDuffee
Contributor
Amelia Pang
Contributor
Amy Goodman
Columnist
Amy Wilentz
Reviewer
Andrew Becker
Contributor
Andrew Cockburn
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Andrew Gumbel
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Andrew Nagorski
Reviewer
Andy Borowitz
Contributing Columnist
Anna Badkhen
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Anthony Heilbut
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Anthony Kenny
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Awards

Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Political Column/Commentary—Election

- Sonali Kolhatkar, "We Need to Understand What Happened on Election Night, and Fast"

Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Investigative

- Amelia Pang, "Who’s in the Kitchen at Chinese Restaurants?: An Investigative Report, Part 1"

Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Editorial Cartoon

- Mr. Fish, "Go Back to Sleep, America -- Nothing to See Here"

Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Online Celebrity Feature

- "30 Years Gone, and Oh, How We Still Love Orson Welles"

Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Online Book/Cultural Critic

- Tim Riley, "The Man Who Invented Rock ’n’ Roll"

Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, News Organization Exclusive to the Internet – Zuade Kaufman and Robert Scheer, Truthdig

Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Online Political Column/Commentary

- Chris Hedges, "Days of Revolt: We Are All Greeks Now"

Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Activism Journalism, All Platforms

- Bill Boyarsky, "Why Ending Homelessness Is Political Poison"

Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Entertainment News, Online – Kasia Anderson, “Politicon 2015: Ann Coulter Claims She Fed Donald Trump ‘That Spicy Stuff on Mexican Rapists.’”

Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Entertainment Reviews, Online – Natasha Hakimi Zapata, “I Am the Beggar of the World”

Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Activism Journalism – Chris Hedges: “The Last Days of Tomas Young”

Maggie Award: Best Regularly Featured Web or ENewsletter Column/Trade & Consumer (Truthdig Book Reviews)

Webby Award: Best Political Blog, People’s Voice

Maggie Award: Best Publication Blog (Ear to the Ground)

National Entertainment Journalism Award: Online Critic – Peter Richardson, “The Science Delusion”

Webby Award – Best Political Website, Jury

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”

Southern California Journalism Award: Online Journalist of the Year – Chris Hedges

National Entertainment Journalism Award: Online Critic – Mel White, “Jesus Was Lynched”

Webby Award: Best Political Blog, Jury

Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award: Editorial Cartooning, Mr. Fish

Southern California Journalism Award: Best Website, Exclusive to the Internet – Truthdig

Southern California Journalism Award: Online Sports News/Feature/Commentary – Mark Heisler, “Role Models for the Id”

Webby Award: Best Political Blog, Jury

Society of Professional Journalists, Los Angeles Pro Chapter Award: Distinguished Work in New Media: Robert Scheer

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 –

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

Southern California Journalism Award: Online Sports News/Feature/Commentary – Mark Heisler, “It’s Not About Tiger Woods, It’s About Us

Webby Awards Finalist: Best Political Website

Online Journalism Awards Finalist: Online Commentary/Blogging-Chris Hedges

Southern California Journalism Award: Online Journalist of the Year – Chris Hedges

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)

Webby Award Finalists: Best Political Website

Maggie Awards Finalist: Best Web Article-Chris Hedges, “The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff”

Maggie Award: Best Regularly Featured Web Column –Book Review-

Interactive Media Award: Outstanding Achievement, Blog

Interactive Media Award: Outstanding Achievement, News

Webby Award: Official Honoree, Best Copy/Writing

Online Journalism Awards Finalist: General Excellence, Medium Site, and Topical Reporting- Bill Boyarsky, “On the Campaign Trail”

Maggie Awards Finalist: Best Website; Weblog Awards

Weblog Awards Finalist: Best Liberal Blog

Weblog Awards Finalist: Best Political Coverage

Webby Award: Best Political Blog, Jury

Webby Award: Best Political Blog, People’s Voice

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