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McClatchy's Walcott Wins Inaugural I.F. Stone Medal

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McClatchy's Walcott Wins Inaugural I.F. Stone Medal

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McClatchy's Washington Bureau Chief John Walcott will receive the inaugural I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence, it was announced Thursday by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

Walcott, who was also Washington bureau chief for Knight-Ridder before the McClatchy takeover in 2006, is being honored for his work in the months before the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. "Walcott ... [led] his team of reporters in their probing, skeptical coverage of events during the run-up to the Iraq war at a time when most U.S. news organizations failed to question the motives and rationale for the invasion of Iraq," said a statement from the Nieman Foundation.

The I.F. Stone Medal, established earlier this year by the Nieman Foundation, "will be presented annually to a journalist whose work captures the spirit of independence, integrity and courage that characterized I.F. Stone's Weekly, published 1953-1971," according to the Nieman Foundation's statement. …

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