May. 13th, 2009

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Marcy Wheeler, this year's winner of a Hillman Foundation award for "journalists, writers and public figures whose work promotes social and economic justice."

Marcy Wheeler, Emptywheel.Firedoglake.com

Just last month, Marcy Wheeler made the front page of the New York Times after she became the first person to notice that a newly-released Justice Department memo revealed that Khalid Sheik Mohammed had been waterboarded 183 times in one month. Last year, Wheeler’s groundbreaking investigative work on the CIA leak case also made the front page of the Times. Her early and powerful reporting about malfeasance by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales helped to propel him out of the Bush administrations. And her live blogging from the Scooter Libby trial in 2007 is widely regarded as one of the seminal moments in online journalism. Wheeler also produced outstanding coverage of the American auto industry crisis. Combining her background in the industry with a deep commitment to American workers, her depth of analysis was unrivaled.

Now just imagine what she could accomplish if she were doing this for a living.

Jane's raising money to allow Marcy to work full time on her journalism and hire a researcher. I think that's a very good investment.

The donor page is here. Reward good behavior.

edit: neat. The New Organizing Institute is matching today's donations up to $5k. It's always nice to let folks know we appreciate institutional support when we get it...

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