In Memoriam: William Rivers Pitt (1971-2022)

William Rivers Pitt was Truthout’s lead columnist and senior editor. He died on September 26, 2022, on the age of fifty. In his twenty years at Truthout, Will chronicled and analyzed the political problems with the day, from George W. Bush’s administration and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to the rise and fall of Donald Trump, to the risks of the continuing pandemic. (Click on right here to go to an archive of all of Will’s columns.)

Will was a New York Occasions and internationally bestselling creator of three books: War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn’t Want You to Know, The Greatest Sedition Is Silence and House of Ill Repute: Reflections on War, Lies, and America’s Ravaged Reputation. His fourth e-book is The Mass Destruction of Iraq: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible, co-written with Dahr Jamail.

Greater than only a colleague, Will was additionally a pal to many right here at Truthout, each present and previous workers members. Truthout Board President and Editor-at-Giant Maya Schenwar notes that Will reminded us that the destiny of the world will not be determined — “we will’t predict the long run: We’ve got to do the long run.” Dahr Jamail, a Truthout contributing author, Board of Advisers member and former workers reporter, provided this reflection on his private friendship {and professional} relationship with Will. Mark Karlin (retired), recollects that Will had a “highly effective voice that acknowledged the obstacles dealing with us as advocates of social justice, whereas on the similar time urging fierce resistance regardless of these obstacles.” Beloved by readers, in addition to his household and associates, Will is memorialized in a public Facebook group. You possibly can assist a fund for his daughter Lola here.

In honor of William Rivers Pitt, Truthout is establishing a brand new fellowship to nurture the work of rising opinion writers. This paid place will see the hiring of a 20-hour-per-week column writing fellow whose work will give attention to political commentary. We hope you’ll learn and luxuriate in this fellow’s articles for years to come back as a part of our approach of honoring Will’s legacy.

If you happen to’d prefer to make a monetary contribution to assist us fund this fellowship you may donate any quantity right here.