Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!
Independent Media: Speaking Up for Democracy
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Amy Goodman, named one of the 20 Top Global Media Figures of 2009 by PULSE, is the host of Democracy Now! She is also the author of numerous books, including her latest, Breaking the Sound Barrier, which makes a case for the power of independent journalism in the struggle for a better world.
She has co-authored three bestsellers with her brother, journalist David Goodman: Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times (2008), Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back (2006) and The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them (2004).
She writes a weekly column (also produced as an audio podcast) syndicated by King Features, for which she was recognized in 2007 with the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Reporting.
Goodman has received the American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Award; the Paley Center for Media’s She’s Made It Award; and the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. Her reporting on East Timor and Nigeria has won numerous awards, including the George Polk Award, Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting, and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award. She has also received awards from the Associated Press, United Press International, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Project Censored.
Speaking Up for Democracy
Goodman received the first ever Communication for Peace Award from the World Association for Christian Communication. She was also honored by the National Council of Teachers of English with the George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language.
Democracy Now! is the largest community media collaboration in the United States, airing on over 900 stations across the United States and beyond.