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Type of site
News commentary, editorials
Available in English
Owner Truthdig, L.L.C.
Created by Robert Scheer
Zuade Kaufman
Alexa rank Negative increase 34,121 (April 2014)[1]
Commercial Commercial
Registration Optional
Launched 2005
Current status Active

Truthdig is a news website that provides a mix of long-form articles, interviews, and blog-like commentary on current events, delivered from a politically progressive[2] point of view. The site is built around major "digs" led by authorities in their fields who write multifaceted pieces about contemporary, often controversial, topics.

Truthdig was co-founded by Los Angeles entrepreneur Zuade Kaufman, who serves as publisher, and journalist Robert Scheer, who serves as editor in chief and writes a weekly column for the site.[3]


Truthdig's Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and publisher Zuade Kaufman met while she was working as his research assistant for the Los Angeles Times' hyperlocal editions Westside Weekly and Our Times. When the newspaper changed owners and the local editions were cut, Scheer and Kaufman saw a new opportunity in the Internet. After Kaufman graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master of Arts in journalism, they launched[4]

The website's mission is to "drill beneath the headlines" and provide readers with in-depth stories often skimmed over or skewed by mass media. The publication features original reports, opinion columns, cartoons and "digs," comprehensive reports led by experts in various fields.[5]


Significant contributors include Gore Vidal,[6] Sam Harris,[7] Robert Scheer, Chris Hedges, John Dean, Col. Ann Wright, Daniel Ellsberg, Max Blumenthal, Greg Palast, Scott Ritter, Amy Goodman, and Juan Cole.

In October 2006, Truthdig published a 660-word essay titled "After Pat's Birthday"[8] about NFL player and American soldier Pat Tillman's death written by his brother Kevin. The essay was widely distributed and was cited in The New York Times and Associated Press.[9]

On the tenth anniversary of the Iraq War, Truthdig published "The Last Letter"[10] by Tomas Young, a veteran paralyzed in Iraq, in which he addresses George W. Bush and Dick Cheney and condemns them as war criminals. The letter, written as Young awaits his death under hospice care, was translated into several languages and printed world-wide.[11]


During the 2012 presidential election year, Truthdig won their fifth Webby Award,[12] this time for Best Political Website.[13] In both 2011 and 2010, Truthdig won the Webby Award jury prize for "Best Political Blog".[14] In 2007, Truthdig won the judges' award as well as the people's voice award for "Best Political Blog".[15]

In 2009, 2011, and 2010 the Society of Professional Journalists awarded Truthdig resident cartoonist Dwayne Booth ("Mr. Fish") with the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Editorial Cartooning in the Online Independent category.[16][17]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ 6 May 2013 'Truthdig is a 2013 Webby Award Winner in Politics'
  3. ^ Information Today, Inc. Truthdig Digs for the Truth Beneath Today’s Headlines Retrieved 27 Jul 2013
  4. ^ Ulyseas, Mark. "Interview with Zuade Kaufman". Live Encounters Magazine. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Truthdig- About". Truthdig. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Gore Vidal (7 Feb 2006). "President Jonah". Truthdig. Retrieved 2007-03-31. 
  7. ^ Sam Harris (8 Feb 2006). "An Atheist Manifesto". Truthdig. Retrieved 2007-03-31. 
  8. ^ Oct. 19, 2006. 'After Pat's Birthday'
  9. ^ (24 Oct 2006).'Brother of N.F.L. Star Posts Antiwar Essay'
  10. ^ Young, Tomas. "The Last Letter". Truthdig. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  11. ^ Zimet, Abby. "Guerra de Irak: la última carta de Tomas Young". Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  12. ^ The Webby Awards. Political websites 2013
  13. ^ The Webby Awards. "Politics". Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  14. ^ USC Annenberg. 6 May 2011 'Scheer's "Truthdig" Wins 2nd Webby Award'
  15. ^ The Webby Awards. '11th Annual Webby Awards Nominees & Winners'
  16. ^ SPJ Recognizes the Genius of Mr. Fish Again
  17. ^ Society of Professional Journalists. SPJ: 'Announcing winners of the 2009 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for journalism'

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