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Whistleblower of the Year

Each December, Whistleblower Insider asks for its readers help to select the Whistleblower of the Year. We are interested in showcasing the individuals who best encapsulate the qualities of the typical whistleblower — courage, strength, integrity, selflessness and a deep concern for public health and safety. The winners are announced in February.

2020 Whistleblower of the Year Goes to... Rebekah Jones

Posted  03/9/21
The results are in and Constantine Cannon's 2020 Whistleblower of the Year award goes to Rebekah Jones.  She is the former data scientist for the Florida Department of Health who was fired for what she claims was her refusal to manipulate COVID-19 tracking data to support a political push to reopen Florida after less than a month of quarantine.  Later on, she went to create her own website to provide what she...

Vote Here Now for the 2020 Whistleblower of the Year

Posted  01/8/21
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Thank you for voting for the 2020 Whistleblower of the Year. Polls are now closed and we are pleased to announce that Rebekah Jones is our 2020 winner!
Whistleblower Insider wants to hear from you on who should be honored as our 2020 Whistleblower of the Year. As in past years, we are especially interested in those individuals who best encapsulate the qualities of the typical whistleblower — courage, strength,...

2020 Whistleblower of the Year Candidate – Dr. Rick Bright

Posted  01/8/21
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Scientists within federal agencies don’t normally have to put their jobs and reputation on the line in order to do what until recently we took for granted:  that the federal government would take action consistent with the best scientific methods and evidence when the country is faced with a grave and immediate public health threat.  But the last four years during the Trump administration have been anything but...

2020 Whistleblower of the Year Candidate – Dr. Yasmine Motarjemi

Posted  01/8/21
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Despite its dominance as the world’s largest food and beverage company, Nestlé has nonetheless had a staggering number of controversies over its business practices. Child labor, unethical promotion, manipulating uneducated mothers, pollution, price fixing, and mislabeling are just a few of the many issues that have plagued Nestlé over the years. Dr. Yasmine Motajemi importantly has now added food safety and...

2020 Whistleblower of the Year Candidate – Dawn Wooten

Posted  01/5/21
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Privately run immigration detention facilities have been a stain on our nation’s reputation for years now.  The refugees and other immigrants who are detained within their walls suffer family separation, inadequate medical care, lack of basic necessities, inedible food, psychological torture, and even death from easily treatable diseases due to flimsy infection controls.  The current pandemic crisis only amplifies...

2020 Whistleblower of the Year Candidate – Sophie Zhang

Posted  01/4/21
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Facebook, the world’s largest social media platform, regularly has been criticized for its inaction when it comes to tackling foreign interference and disinformation campaigns. This year, Facebook came under fire yet again when employee Sophie Zhang recounted in a departing memo shared companywide, which later was leaked to the press, that Facebook ignored widespread global political manipulation on its platform and...

2020 Whistleblower of the Year Candidate – Rebekah Jones

Posted  12/28/20
We know her story all too well at this point.  Rebekah Jones is the geospatial scientist who designed and managed the COVID-19 tracking dashboard for Florida’s Department of Health.  This was the database reporting on the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in Florida.  It was a model for other states to follow, widely praised for its clarity and accessibility, and even championed by former White House...

2020 Whistleblower of the Year Candidate – Xavier Justo

Posted  12/18/20
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In 2018, headlines circulated the globe when the election results in Malaysia saw the former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s fall from power, and the investigation into the 1MDB scandal was finally reopened. It is estimated that over $4.5 billion dollars was embezzled from a government-run strategic development fund. Vast sums were borrowed through government bonds and siphoned into bank accounts in the US,...

Vote Soon for the 2020 Whistleblower of the Year

Posted  12/18/20
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Whistleblower Insider wants to hear from you on who should be honored as our 2020 Whistleblower of the Year.  As in previous years, 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.  And please add in the comments section why your candidate is deserving of...

Vote Now for the 2019 Whistleblower of the Year

Posted  01/30/20
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Whistleblower Insider wants to hear from you on who should be honored as our 2019 Whistleblower of the Year. As in past years, 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 candidates listed below, or identify your own candidate....
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