Adjunct Professor John Walcott Receives First I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence
John Walcott, Washington bureau chief of the McClatchy Co. and an MSFS adjunct professor, is the first recipient of the I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence. Walcott is being honored for leading 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.
Established earlier this year, the I.F. Stone Medal recognizes journalistic independence and honors the life of investigative journalist I.F. Stone. The award is administered by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and the Nieman Watchdog Project and 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.
John Walcott teaches Media and World Affairs for the MSFS program at Georgetown University.