Izzy Awards: Naomi Klein and David Sirota

About the Izzy Awards

The Izzy Award is named after maverick journalist I. F. 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. (from the Park Center for Independent Media website)

This guide compiles exemplary work in the past year, compiled by the Park Center for Independent Media, that demonstrates the journalists' contribution towards independent media.

Works by Naomi Klein

The author is being honored for her book This Changes Everything as well as several important essays she published in 2014.

This Changes Everything, HC79.E5 K56 2014, Temporarily shelved at Circulation Desk: Reserves
Book Summary (from the library catalog): "Klein argues that climate change isn't just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It's an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Klein ... builds the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies" Book website.
Buy the book:  IndieBound
Watch the book trailer (YouTube)
Besides the groundbreaking book, Klein published several important essays in 2014 in The Nation and The Guardian (UK):

Works by David Sirota

A few of the investigative journalist’s many articles and exposés in Pando and International Business Times from 2014 that contributed to his Izzy Award win:

Arnold Foundation/PBS Investigation  
Sirota broke the story that PBS station WNET accepted $3.5 million from former Enron trader John Arnold for pension-related television programming, even though Arnold is actively funding a political campaign to slash public employee pensions across the country: New Jersey Pension Series  
Sirota's [still ongoing] series exposed how the New Jersey pension officials moved billions of dollars into high-risk Wall Street investments that delivered below-median returns for taxpayers but generated large fees for financial firms -- some of whom were donating money to Christie-linked political organizations. North Carolina Pension Series  ​San Francisco Pension Investigation
​Illinois Pension Series   
Sirota obtained documents showing how Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from executives at firms managing state and city pension money, despite federal pay-to-play rules. Impact: The Illinois State Board of Investment has launched a formal review of its financial managers and their campaign contributions. . . Chicago lawmakers have petitioned the SEC and the city Inspector General to launch investigations.     
Other Sirota Investigative Reports from 2014:  

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Naomi Klein: Books and DVDs David Sirota: Books and DVDs

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