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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"
Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Editorial Cartoon - Mr. Fish, "Nothing to See Here"

Southern California Journalism Award: First Place, Online Celebrity Feature - John Patterson, "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, "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)

National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award: Online News - Kasia Anderson, "Dustin Lance Black Speaks: Pasadena City College Officials Created ‘Toxic and Dishonest’ Atmosphere"
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 - 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
Southern California Journalism Award: Online Sports News/Feature/Commentary - Mark Heisler, "It’s Not About Tiger Woods, It’s About Us"

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)

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

Webby Award: Best Political Blog, Jury
Webby Award: Best Political Blog, People’s Voice

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.


Robert Scheer
Robert Scheer,
Editor in Chief
Zuade Kaufman
Zuade Kaufman,
Kasia Anderson
Kasia Anderson,
Deputy Editor
Eric Ortiz
Eric Ortiz,
Managing Editor
Eunice Wong
Eunice Wong,
Book Editor
Natasha Hakimi
Natasha Hakimi Zapata,
Poetry Editor & Assistant Editor
Emma Niles
Emma Niles,
Assistant Editor
Haley Winters
Haley Winters,
Social Media Coordinator
Sarah Wesley
Sarah Wesley,
Communications Coordinator
Donald Kaufman
Clara Romeo
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Editorial Assistant

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Copy desk chief Tom Caswell joined Truthdig at its founding in 2005 when he retired at the Los Angeles Times, where he had been copy desk chief of the editorial pages and an editor in several Pulitzer-winning projects. Earlier, he was at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the New Orleans States-Item, the Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise and the Lake Charles (La.) American Press. He is a former teacher at Whittier College and in the UCLA Extension system, and he lectures occasionally at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He has worked in journalism since the 1960s.

Viv Chamichian has more than 35 years of experience in journalism. Before joining Truthdig, she was a news copy editor at the Los Angeles Times, features copy desk chief at the San Diego Union-Tribune, assistant Scene editor at the San Diego Evening Tribune, features editor at the Muskegon (Mich.) Chronicle and a copy editor at the Saginaw (Mich.) News.

Heidi Swillinger has nearly four decades of experience reporting and editing for newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard, and Central City Extra, which covered San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. Her pioneering work in social media was shortlisted for the 2003 Knight Foundation’s Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism and is now archived at the University of California at Berkeley’s Bancroft Library. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon.

Gregory Glover began in journalism as a copy boy for Britain's South Wales Argus. In a career spanning more than 50 years, he has also been a copy editor, a news editor and a managing editor in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1980s, he became Page 1 editor of the Oakland Tribune and other dailies in what is now the Bay Area News Group. He has won statewide awards in California for editorial writing, page design and media excellence.

Barbara Dunlap is an award-winning journalist with 30 years of writing and editing experience at publications including the San Francisco Chronicle. Among her honors is a Knight Foundation National Copy Editing Fellowship. She has a master's degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia, frequently ranked as one of the leading U.S. journalism schools.

Anita Salzberg has been a writer and copy editor for more than 35 years. As a direct marketing consultant she wrote promotions for medical, professional and trade book publishing, as well as for Time Inc. magazines, Cunard and the American Management Association. For most of the decade before she joined Truthdig she was editorial manager of the American Red Cross in Greater New York. She has co-authored three books for the children’s library market and has written for The New York Times Magazine and Omni and Health magazines.

Sheri Gordon, a former copy desk editor for the Los Angeles Times, is the book review copy editor for Truthdig.

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Bill Blum
Bill Blum,
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Bill Boyarsky,
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Juan Cole
Juan Cole,
Mark Fiore
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Mr. Fish
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Chris Hedges,
Sonali Kolhatkar
Sonali Kolhatkar,
Robert Scheer
Robert Scheer,
Editor in Chief


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Cristina Nehring, Contributor
Christian Neumeister, Intern
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Emma Niles, Assistant Editor
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China Okasi, Contributor
Eric Ortiz, Managing Editor
Greg Palast, Contributor
Amelia Pang, Contributor
Christian Parenti, Contributor
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Eve Pell, Reviewer
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William Pfaff, Columnist
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Robert Reich, Contributor
Peter Richardson, Reviewer
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Eugene Robinson, Contributor
Francis Robinson, Reviewer
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Laura Robinson, Contributor
Clara Romeo, Contributor
Mike Rose, Contributor
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Onnesha Roychoudhuri, Contributor
Louise Rubacky, Reviewer
Heather Sarantis, Contributor
Mark Sarvas, Contributor
Jeremy Scahill, Contributor
Ed Schad, Contributor
Christopher Scheer,
Joshua Scheer, Contributor
Peter Z. Scheer, Managing Editor
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Orville Schell, Contributor
Richard Schickel, Contributor
Nicholas Schmidle, Contributor
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Sharon Scranage, Contributor
Ruth Scurr, Reviewer
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Jonathan Shapiro, Reviewer
Richard Shelton, Reviewer
Carey Shenkman, Contributor
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The Rev. Madison Shockley, Contributor
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