Our Organization and Mission
Truthout is a nonprofit news organization dedicated to providing independent reporting and commentary on a diverse range of social justice issues. Since our founding in 2001, we have anchored our work in principles of accuracy, transparency, and independence from the influence of corporate and political forces.
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Editor-in-Chief: Maya Schenwar
Publisher: Ziggy West Jeffery
Managing Editor: Alana Yu-lan Price
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