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“The story of Maria Altmann, which I brought to the L.A. Times and thus the media’s attention after interviewing her at her home, was one I cared deeply about. Altmann was trying to get back several Gustav Klimt paintings that had been stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II. After publicizing her plight and advocating on her behalf, Robert Scheer and I felt gratified when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Austrian National Museum must return the artworks to Altmann.
Whether large or small, the stories we covered in Our Times and Westside Weekly were important to our community. It was disappointing, therefore, that when the Tribune Company bought Times Mirror, including the L.A. Times, the new owner decided to stop publishing all of the local sections.
But from that major setback, other opportunities were born. I went back to school and got my Master of Arts in journalism at the University of Southern California.
In 2005, the year I graduated, Bob (Robert Scheer) and I launched Truthdig. We quickly discovered that the power of the Internet allows us to reach a broader audience than the geographically limited readership of the local newspaper section.
We’ve had more than 90 million unique visitors to our site since then.
Since launching, Truthdig has delivered thoughtful and provocative ideas from talented columnists and contributors including Bob, Chris Hedges, Gore Vidal, Sam Harris and Amy Goodman. We strive to give a voice and a home to those whose opinions and ideas are often ignored by the corporate-owned media.”
We just won a 2013 Webby Award for best political website.
The Webbys honor outstanding achievement on the Internet, and we are proud to have been recognized again after winning several in the past, especially because this latest time we were competing in an election year and the other nominees included sites that have much bigger staffs and budgets than ours.