The Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling


Donald Vance

Donald Vance, 2007 recipient of the Ridenhour Truth-Telling Prize, was an American contractor in Iraq who was detained by American troops and held at the notorious Camp Cropper for over three months before being released without explanation. He was recognized for coming forward to tell his story and call for accountability. Read more



Rick Piltz

Rick Piltz, 2006 recipient of the Ridenhour Truth-Telling Prize, is a science policy expert who served for a decade in the U.S. Climate Change Science Program Office. There he witnessed Bush administration efforts to manipulate and censor the communication of scientific findings on global climate change. He was recognized for revealing this to the press and public. Read more


Kristen Breitweiser

Kristen Breitweiser, 2005 recipient of the Ridenhour Truth-Telling Prize, is a 9/11 widow and activist. She was honored for her role in pressuring official Washington to provide a public accounting of what went wrong on September 11th. Read more



Joseph Wilson

Joseph Wilson, recipient of the inaugural Ridenhour Truth-Telling Prize, was an ambassador to two African nations and the senior American diplomat in Baghdad during the first Gulf War. He was recognized for challenging the assertion in President George Bush's State of the Union address that Iraq had sought to purchase significant quantities of uranium from Africa. Read more