Award-winning journalist comes to town |

Award-winning journalist comes to town

Award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, host of the daily, grassroots, global, radio and TV news show, “Democracy Now!,” is on a national speaking tour to mark the program’s 12th anniversary and launch her third book with journalist David Goodman, “Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times.”

Goodman will be in Grass Valley Friday (see KNOW & GO).

The book, released in April, details the efforts of ordinary citizens to enact change.

Goodman, 51, is a 1984 graduate of Harvard University and rose to prominence for her coverage of political unrest in East Timor.

She has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “radio’s voice of the disenfranchised left.” Coverage of the peace and human rights movements – and support of the independent media – are the hallmarks of her work.

As an investigative journalist, she has received acclaim for exposés of human rights violations in East Timor and Nigeria.

David Goodman, also an investigative journalist, is her brother.

Amy Goodman had been news director of Pacifica Radio station WBAI-FM in New York for more than a decade when she co-founded “Democracy Now! The War and Peace Report,” in 1996.

Since then, “Democracy Now!” has been called “probably the most significant progressive news institution that has come around in some time” by professor and media critic Robert McChesney.

Goodman also writes a weekly column called “Breaking the Sound Barrier,” for King Features Syndicate. In her first piece, released October 24, 2006, she wrote, “My column will include voices so often excluded, people whose views the media mostly ignore, issues they distort and even ridicule.”

“Democracy Now!” can be seen on NCTV Channel 11, at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; and heard at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday on KVMR FM. It’s also online at


What: A talk and book signing with journalist Amy Goodman

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Veteran’s Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley

Tickets: $10 KVMR members, $15 general

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