Friday, December 09, 2005


A Daily Independent Radio/TV News Hour

Amy Goodman
Host and Executive Producer

Amy Goodman began her radio career in 1985 at Pacifica Radio’s New York station,

WBAI. She produced WBAI’s Evening News for 10 years.

In 1990 and 1991, Amy traveled to East Timor to report on the U.S.-backed Indonesian occupation of East Timor. There, she and colleague Allan Nairn witnessed Indonesian soldiers gun down 270 East Timorese. Indonesian soldiers beat Amy and Allan, fracturing Allan’s skull.

Their documentary, “Massacre: The Story of East Timor” won numerous awards, including the Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, the Armstrong Award, the Radio/Television News Directors Award, as well as awards from the Associated Press, United Press International, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

In 1996, Amy helped launch Pacifica Radio’s Democracy Now! which began as the only daily election show in public broadcasting. Due to popular demand, Democracy Now! continued beyond the presidential elections as a daily news and public affairs magazine.

Two years later, Amy and producer Jeremy Scahill went to Nigeria. Their radio documentary “Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria’s Oil Dictatorship” exposed Chevron’s role in the killing of two Nigerian villagers in the Niger Delta, who were protesting yet another oil spill in their community. That documentary won the George Polk Award, the Golden Reel for Best National Documentary from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, and a Project Censored award.

In 1999, Amy Goodman traveled to Peru to interview American political prisoner Lori Berenson. It was the first time a journalist had ever gotten into the prison to speak to her.

The Washington Post says, “In this insider media age when oh-so-serious reporters measure status by access to the powerful, Goodman is the journalist as uninvited guest. You might think of the impolite question; she asks it.”

On Election Day in 2000, Amy and WBAI’s Gonzalo Aburto conducted a memorable half-hour interview with then-President Bill Clinton. The two asked hard-hitting questions the President wasn’t used to hearing. By the end, Clinton called Amy “hostile” and “combative” and at times “disrespectful.” Amy said she was just doing her job.

In addition to her work at Democracy Now! Goodman speaks throughout the U.S. She has also appeared on Fox, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, C-SPAN, the BBC and CBC.

Juan Gonzalez

Juan Gonzalez has been a columnist at the New York Daily News since 1988. He has won numerous awards for his investigative reporting including the George Polk Award in 1998 and was recently elected President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Juan’s most recent book Fallout: The Environmental Consequences of the World Trade Center Collapse documents cover-ups by Environmental Protection Agency and government officials about health hazards at Ground Zero in New York. He is also the author of the books

Harvest of Empire: The History of Latinos in America and Roll Down Your Window: Stories from a Forgotten America.

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