The Nieman Foundation has announced Jon Alpert will receive the I.F. Stone Medal in a ceremony at American University in Washington, D.C. on October 1, 2009. Alpert has made several documentary films, including a 2005 film about Hugo Chavez entitled: Venezuela: Revolution in Progress
McClatchy DC bureau chief John Walcott confessed to being a major I. F. Stone fan last year when Walcott was awarded the 2008 I. F. Stone medal.
Check out this gem from Walcott's acceptance speech:
"I can imagine no higher honor for anyone in our profession than to be compared to I.F. Stone. I do not believe that I deserve that honor, or that I've earned it, but I must confess that I'm grateful that someone, somewhere, for some reason, thinks that I do."
John is bursting with pride that somebody compares him to I. F. Stone. Which I find a little disturbing -- Stone was a far-left journalist and a well-known Soviet agent; solid proof of Stone's work for the KGB has been laid out in the 2009 book Spies: The Rise And Fall Of The KGB in America
Above is a photo of John Walcott accepting the I. F. Stone award last year. (Credit: Michael Temchine)