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Formation2001; 23 years ago (2001)
Type501(c)3 organization
Legal statusNon-profit
HeadquartersSacramento, California
Websitewww.truth-out.org Edit this at Wikidata

Truthout is an American non-profit news organization which describes itself as "dedicated to providing independent reporting and commentary on a diverse range of social justice issues".[1] Truthout reports news from a left-wing perspective,[2] with its main areas of focus including mass incarceration and prison abolition advocacy, social justice, climate change, militarism, economics and labor, U.S. LGBTQIA rights and reproductive justice.[citation needed]

Truthout's Executive Director is Ziggy West Jeffery and the Editor-in-Chief is Britney Schultz.[3] The organization’s annual operating budget is approximately $2.2 million as of 2021.[4]


Controversial reporting on Karl Rove[edit]

On May 13, 2006, after Jason Leopold posted on Truthout that Karl Rove had been indicted by the grand jury investigating the Plame affair, Rove spokesman Mark Corallo denied the story, calling it "a complete fabrication".[5] Truthout defended the story, saying on May 15 they had two sources "who were explicit about the information" published,[6] and confirmed on May 25 that they had "three independent sources confirming that attorneys for Karl Rove were handed an indictment" on the night of May 12.[6] The grand jury concluded without returning an indictment of Rove.[7]

In his memoir, Courage and Consequence, Rove addressed the Leopold article, writing that Leopold is a "nut with Internet access" and that "thirty-five reporters called [Rove's defense attorney] Luskin or Corallo to ask about the Truthout report." According to Rove, "[Special Counsel] Fitzgerald got a kick out of the fictitious account and e-mailed Luskin to see how he felt after such a long day."[8]

Jason Leopold continued to write investigative pieces for Truthout through 2014;[9] he joined Vice News that year.[10]

Safety issues at BP[edit]

60 Minutes cited a report published at Truthout as a source for its May 16, 2010 episode about the BP oil spill and the whistleblower who warned about a possible blowout at another BP deepwater drilling site.[11] Digital Journal wrote up the story.[12] CNN's Randi Kaye in an article cited a report by Truthout as the first article on BP Alaska employee Mark Kovac's inside knowledge about the safety concerns at the Prudhoe Bay, Alaska BP oil field.[13] On July 14, 2010, the United States House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held a hearing in the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials. The hearing[14] titled "The Safety of Hazardous Liquid Pipelines (Part 2): Integrity Management", cited an investigative report by Truthout as a document for the committee's investigation.[15]

2011 hack[edit]

In 2011, Truthout suffered a hacking breach in which ten days of articles were deleted.[16]

Offshore fracking[edit]

In 2013, Truthout journalist Mike Ludwig unearthed with a Freedom of Information Act request with the Interior Department revealed that fracking technology was being used on offshore oil rigs in the ecologically sensitive Santa Barbara Channel.[17] Coastal conservationists were alarmed, and environmental groups sprang into action, generating protests and broad public discussion[18] about offshore fracking. At one point, lawsuits filed by environmental groups forced federal officials to place a moratorium[19] on offshore fracking in the channel while regulators reviewed the practice and their rules for making it safe. In 2014, the EPA issued a new rules requiring offshore drillers to disclose fracking chemicals they dump into the ocean off the California coast.[20]

Illegal Navy training[edit]

In 2016, Dahr Jamail and Truthout released[21] Navy documents outlining plans for combat training exercises along vast non-military areas of Washington state coastline. The documents showed the areas the Navy was prepared to utilize, without the mandatory risk assessments, medical plans, surveys of training areas and coordinating their activities with local, state and federal law enforcement officials. The release of these documents forced the Navy to postpone this training for at least 2 years.[22] It caused commotion within the Washington state government, as they were not aware of the Navy's plans.[23]

2017 riot charges[edit]

Freelancer and Truthout writer Aaron Miguel Cantú was one of six journalists faced with felony rioting charges after covering the inauguration of Donald Trump.[24][25] In July 2018, all charges against Cantu and many of the other protestors were dismissed.[26]


Donald F. Erickson Synapses Award[edit]

In 2022, the Crossroads Fund presented The Donald F. Erickson Synapses Award to Truthout, for independent reporting and commentary on a diverse range of social justice issues.[27]

2021 Izzy Award[edit]

The thirteenth annual Izzy Award was awarded to nonprofit news outlet Truthout, journalist Liliana Segura, senior reporter at The Intercept and journalist Tim Schwab, writing in The Nation.[28]

2018 Izzy Award[edit]

Dahr Jamail was awarded the 2018 Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media for his reporting on climate change and other environmental issues. The judges wrote: "There is an urgency and passion in Dahr Jamail's reporting that is justified by the literally earth-changing subject matter. And it's supported by science and on-the-scene sources, whether covering ocean pollution, sea level rise, deafening noise pollution or Fukushima radiation."[29]

Jamail produces a monthly wrap-up of the latest climate research and trends – "Climate Disruption Dispatches".[30]

San Francisco Press Club Journalism Awards[edit]

A joint Truthout and Earth Island Journal investigation "America's Toxic Prisons"[31] by Candice Bernd, Zoe Loftus-Farren, and Maureen Nandini Mitra won awards in two categories of the 2018 San Francisco Press Club Journalism Awards.[32] The investigation won second place in the Magazines category for environment/nature reporting and investigative reporting.

Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism[edit]

In 2012, Truthout journalist Gareth Porter was awarded the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism[33] for his work uncovering the Obama administration's military strategy in Afghanistan. "In a series of extraordinary articles, Gareth Porter has torn away the facades of the Obama administration and disclosed a military strategy that amounts to a war against civilians." Amongst Porter's award-winning stories were 'How McChrystal and Petraeus Built an Indiscriminate "Killing Machine,[34]"' and 'The Lies That Sold Obama's Escalation in Afghanistan.[35]'

Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Awards[edit]

Maya Schenwar, currently the editor in chief of Truthout, was awarded in the 2013 Online Column Writing category by the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Awards[36] for her columns on mass incarceration,[37] the death penalty,[38] and solitary confinement.[39]


Truthout's Executive Director is Ziggy West Jeffery and the Editor-in-Chief is Britney Schultz.[3]

Truthout's Board of Directors comprises Maya Schenwar, McMaster University Professor and educational theorist Henry A. Giroux, policy director Robert Naiman, and Lewis R. Gordon.[40]

Truthout's Board of Advisors includes Mark Ruffalo, Dean Baker, Richard D. Wolff, William Ayers, Mark Weisbrot.[41] The late Howard Zinn was a member of the advisory board.

The late William Rivers Pitt was Truthout's Senior Editor and Lead Columnist.[42]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Truthout. "About Truthout". Truthout. Retrieved 2022-04-21.
  2. ^ "Truthout". Ground News. Retrieved January 10, 2024. Truthout's media bias is left. Ground News assigned this score by aggregating media bias ratings of a Left rating from Ad Fontes Media, a Left rating from Media Bias/Fact Check, a leanLeft rating from from All Sides.
  3. ^ a b Truthout. "About Truthout". Truthout. Retrieved 2022-11-23.
  4. ^ "Truthout Form 990 2021" (PDF). Truthout. Retrieved 26 August 2023.
  5. ^ "Rove Indictment Report Denied". New York Sun. May 15, 2006. Retrieved June 12, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Jason Leopold Caught Sourceless again". Columbia Journalism Review. June 13, 2006. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  7. ^ "Truthout reporter stands by the "Rove indicted"". Salon.com. June 13, 2006. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  8. ^ Rove, Karl (2010). Courage and Consequence. Threshold Editions. p. 438.
  9. ^ "The Fix". National Public Radio. April 4, 2014.
  10. ^ Darcy, Oliver (18 January 2019). "Reporter with checkered past comes back with Trump Tower Moscow bombshells for BuzzFeed". CNN Business.
  11. ^ "Blowout: The Deepwater Horizon Disaster". CBSnews.com. May 16, 2010. Retrieved June 12, 2010.
  12. ^ "Report: Bush DoJ sheltered BP executives from criminal probe". DigitalJournal.com. May 21, 2010. Retrieved June 12, 2010.
  13. ^ "BP Alaska: A Ticking Time Bomb?". ac360.blogs.cnn.com. June 23, 2010. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  14. ^ "The Safety of Hazardous Liquid Pipelines (Part 2): Integrity Management". transportation.house.gov. Archived from the original on August 3, 2010. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  15. ^ "The Safety of Hazardous Liquid Pipelines (Part 2): Integrity Management. – Page 6, footnote 17" (PDF). July 14, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 4, 2010. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  16. ^ Romenesko, Jim (31 March 2011). "Truthout says hackers deleted stories from past 10 days". Poynter.
  17. ^ "Special Investigation: Fracking in the Ocean Off the California Coast". Truthout. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  18. ^ "Fracking Report on Santa Barbara Channel". www.independent.com. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  19. ^ "Following Truthout Investigation, Settlements Halt Fracking Off the Coast of California". Truthout. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  20. ^ "EPA: California Offshore Frackers Must Disclose Chemicals Dumped Into Ocean". Truthout. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  21. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Navy Uses US Citizens as Pawns in Domestic War Games". Truthout. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  22. ^ "Navy wants to use more Washington state parks for stealth SEAL training". The Seattle Times. 2018-03-12. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  23. ^ "Jets, helicopters, rockets: Military plans more uses of Northwest public lands". The Seattle Times. 2016-04-02. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  24. ^ Grove, Lloyd (25 January 2017). "These Reporters Were Jailed After Covering a Trump-Related Riot". The Daily Beast.
  25. ^ Swaine, Jon (24 January 2017). "Four more journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest". the Guardian.
  26. ^ "SFR Journalist's Charges Dropped". Santa Fe Reporter. 6 July 2018.
  27. ^ "Seeds of Change 2022 | Crossroads Fund". www.crossroadsfund.org. Retrieved 2022-04-20.
  28. ^ "The Annual Izzy Award". Ithaca College. Retrieved 2022-04-20.
  29. ^ "Izzy Award to be Shared by Investigative Journalists Lee Fang, Sharon Lerner, Dahr Jamail and Todd Miller". Ithaca College. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  30. ^ Jamail, Dahr (17 March 2014). "Climate Disruption Dispatches, With Dahr Jamail". Truthout. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  31. ^ "America's Toxic Prisons | Earth Island Journal | Earth Island Institute". earthisland.org.
  32. ^ "2018 Official List of Winners – Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards – San Francisco Press Club". 16 November 2018.
  33. ^ "Previous Winners". www.marthagellhorn.com. Retrieved 2019-06-13.
  34. ^ Porter, Gareth (26 September 2011). "How McChrystal and Petraeus Built an Indiscriminate "Killing Machine"". Truthout. Retrieved 2019-06-13.
  35. ^ Porter, Gareth (6 July 2011). "The Lies That Sold Obama's Escalation in Afghanistan". Truthout. Retrieved 2019-06-13.
  36. ^ "Awards". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 2019-06-13.
  37. ^ Schenwar, Maya (12 September 2013). "The Prison System Welcomes My Newborn Niece to This World". Truthout. Retrieved 2019-06-13.
  38. ^ Schenwar, Maya (30 May 2013). "Life on Penalty of Death". Truthout. Retrieved 2019-06-13.
  39. ^ Schenwar, Maya (17 July 2013). "Please Stop "Reforming" Pelican Bay". Truthout. Retrieved 2019-06-13.
  40. ^ Truthout. "About Truthout". Truthout. Retrieved 2022-11-23.
  41. ^ "Staff | Truthout". Truthout. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  42. ^ Schenwar, Maya (2022-09-27). "William Rivers Pitt Dared to Hope for Our Future. Let's Do Right by His Memory". Truthout. Retrieved 2023-04-24.

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