Our friend, Itai Vardi, so deserves this honor. His reporting has spurred action by citizens and elected officials alike.
Medium.com, Ellie Goldberg, March 15, 2019 - Hero 2019: Itai Vardi, Investigative Journalist, Expert on Secrets and Silences
“Itai Vardi is dedicated to exposing the patterns of corruption and distortion in the health and environmental impact assessments and the permitting of fossil fuel infrastructure projects. He reveals how individuals and groups associated with climate denial or science obfuscation violate scientific standards. He doesn’t take it for granted that public officials and elected representatives prioritize community safety and health.
Vardi’s articles repeatedly uncover how officials silence the truth about hazardous conditions, especially in neighborhoods overburdened with contaminated conditions and high rates of cancer, respiratory and coronary illness.”