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Best Government Watchdog 

Roldo Bartimole

After a brief stint as a regular journalist, Roldo Bartimole published his own newsletter, Point of View, for 32 years, holding the feet of Cleveland's wealthy and powerful to the fire while the mainstream media held their coats for them. He retired in 2000, but with The Plain Dealer's incessant fawning on the big-business community, he just couldn't keep quiet. While the 76-year-old muckracker is no longer a constant presence at city-council meetings, the Internet has given him new outlets (coolcleveland.com, readroldo.com, realneo.us) to comment on the maneuvering going on among the business community, politicians and media. His perspective and institutional memory about past development panaceas gone sour are needed more than ever. Many of his columns are archived at lakewoodbuzz.com/roldobartimole and clevelandmemory.org/roldo. — Pantsios

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