December 22, 2015

2015 Whistleblower of the Year

Whistleblower Insider wants to hear from you on who should be honored as our 2015 Whistleblower of the Year.  We are especially interested in those individuals who best encapsulate the qualities of the typical whistleblower — courage, strength, integrity, selflessness and a deep concern for public health and safety.  You can choose among the 6 candidates listed below, or select your own candidate.  Please vote for and identify as many candidates as you like.  The more the merrier.  Voting will continue through the end of January with results of your top selections to be announced shortly thereafter.  Thanks for voting!

Aicha Elbasri — The former spokesperson for the United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) who resigned from that post after calling out what she describes as the “conspiracy of silence” of UNAMID and the UN in failing to report on the atrocities committed by the Sudanese government against its people.  Learn more about Ms. Elbasri.

Yuliya and Vitaly Stepanov — The Russian sports insiders who took a bold stand against what they saw as major corruption in the recently revitalized Russian sports machine and exposed one of the biggest international doping scandals in sports history.  Learn more about the Stepanovs.

Walter Tamosaitis — The former manager at the Hanford nuclear site who exposed serious health and safety concerns at the country’s largest environmental cleanup site.  Learn more about Dr. Tamosaitis. 

The VA Whistleblowers — The collection of healthcare providers at the VA Department who have come forward to identify the horrendous treatment of our veterans at the hospitals that are supposed to take care of them.  Learn more about the VA whistleblowers.

Craig Watts — The Perdue chicken farmer who exposed the horrid conditions in which Perdue raises its chickens.  Learn more about Mr. Watts.

Dr. Bennet Omalu — The NFL concussion whistleblower who exposed the link between repeated head trauma suffered by football players and the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and the inspiration for the upcoming movie Concussion.  Learn more about Dr. Omalu.

Write-In Whistleblower Candidate — A whistleblower not on our list of candidates who you believe deserves to be recognized as our 2015 Whistleblower of the Year.

The 2015 Whistleblower of the Year is Perdue Chicken Farmer Craig Watts! Read more here.

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18 Responses to “2015 Whistleblower of the Year

  1. MP Tomei asked me to vote for you. She is one of my heroes, so here’s your vote. Oh yeah, I also admire whistleblowers. Best luck.

  2. He’s started a movement that has been long over due and kept way to quiet. He’s helping all of us around the country, from the farm workers to plant workers to neighborhoods that are forced to live by big poultry. He is helping the helpless.

  3. Props to Ms. Elbasri. I wholeheartedly agree with her piece in Foreign Policy. I hope she gets closer to improving conditions in Darfur.

  4. These are all worthy candidates for a win of 2015 Whistleblower of the Year, but with me being associated with poultry production for thirty years, and watching the injustice done to contract poultry growers and their families, there is no doubt my vote must go to Craig Watts. Mr. Watts stepped out of the crowd for those afraid to express their thoughts and feelings concerning their treatment by the all-to-powerful meat production companies. He was a bearer of the cross for those intimidated by big money companies. Kudos to Mr. Watts for stepping out in front for all those afraid to step out themselves. He laid his way of life on the line for contract poultry produces across our country…all I can say is, God Bless Craig Watts, and the USA!

  5. All are very deserving! But my vote goes to Dr. Bennet Omalus for all he’s done to shed light on football players who suffer from CTE.

  6. Dr. William Thompson is no less important, perhaps even more so, because his disclosure is entirely blacked out by major media. Nobody is allowed to disclose information that the CDC falsified research and still asserts there’s ‘no evidence’ of any link between vaccines and autism. The bureaucrats ordered the scientist to make the evidence disappear. Look up his name and Dr. Brian Hooker (together) for background. E.g.

  7. All are deserving nominees! Thanks, Constantine Cannon, for shining some light on these important whistle blowers. If I must pick one, it’s Craig Watts!

  8. I am the wife of a former NFL player Jeff Winans – also passed away 3 years ago from CTE I admire Dr. Bennet Omalus work and I’m definitely voting for him as whistleblower of the year

  9. The Veterans Administration is appalling. Our vets deserve much better care than they are currently receiving. Kudos to Dr. Foote and others for speaking up!

  10. Craig Watts’ bravery in drawing attention to some of the abuses inherent to the current contract poultry production is laudable.

  11. Craig took on a very powerful industry to change the unfair system of contract growers, the inhumane conditions and put his life and income in jeopardy.

  12. Craig is helping provide resident who are impacted by Factory Farms with help. He has provided farmers the right to speak out against the abuse of a company who can cancel your contract at anytime. Hes help show the abuse animals suffer from these CAFO’s. Im very proud of someone who stands up to one of the biggest lobby groups out there.

  13. The Stepanos showed remarkable courage to buck the Russian government apparatus. Few whistleblowers need to take the risks they embraced. True heroes.

  14. Craig Watts gets my vote for standing up against Perdue not only for the chickens in his charge but also for the protection of our food supply, and at great personal risk to his own livelihood.