Amy Goodman Biography
Amy Goodman is an acclaimed and reputed author, investigative reporter, broadcast journalist, and syndicated columnist. She is also the TV show’s host and executive producer of Democracy Now, a national award-winning independent news program. This daily, global news portal covers the world’s critical stories and issues.
Who Is Amy Goodman?
Born on April 13, 1957, Goodman has been on the receiving end of various journalistic awards, including ‘Gandhi Peace Award,’ the 2014’s ‘I.F. Stone Medal For Journalistic Independence, and the ‘Right Livelihood Award.’ She is the first journalist to achieve the latter award.
She entered the industry with a stint at Pacifica Radio, New York as a producer and a news director. Following her end of 10 years’ tenure at Pacifica Radio, she co-founded Democracy Now! with a group.
According to the program’s website, Goodman has been associated with the show since 1996. At that time, the show was one of the few radio programs that offered the latest political news coverage. As a journalist, she has often traveled worldwide to investigate cases for the show. Her tv shows credentials also include a television documentary titled XXI Century, which focused on the US’s domestic politics and geopolitics under the Bush administration.
She had graduated from Radcliffe College, Harvard University in 1984 with an anthropology degree. She was raised in Long Island, New York. She was born to Jewish parents: ophthalmologist father George Goodman, and social worker mother, Dorothy Goodman. Her father founded a Long Island chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, a U.S. affiliation of international physicians to stop nuclear war.
The Dawn of ‘Democracy Now’
After her graduation, Goodman worked at the New York outlet of Pacifica Radio for over 10 years. She was a producer and news director at the progressive/liberal political orientation non-profit organization. Towards the end of her tenure at Pacifica Radio, she co-founded Democracy Now!
Joining forces with Juan González, Larry Bensky, Salim Muwakkil, and Julie Drizin, Goodman aired Democracy Now! on five Pacifica Radio stations in 1996. Goodman has hosted the program ever since alongside other co-hosts, including Juan González and Nermeen Shaikh accompanying her frequently.
In 1996, Democracy Now! was one of the few radio programs designed to provide the latest political news coverage. The coverage of the 1996 U.S. presidential election was a stepping stone for both Goodman and the show. Thereafter, the program became widely popular en route to becoming the flagship program of Pacific radio.
The Best of Amy Goodman and Democracy Now!
The 1998 Investigative Spree of Nigeria
In 1998, Goodman, along with Jeremy Scahill, the producer of Democracy Now! visited Nigeria. This was an investigative attempt to review U.S. oil companies’ activities in the Niger Delta, where the minority ethnic groups had been accusing the foreign oil corporations of exploitation. The tension was rising among the two parties.
Later, Democracy Now! produced the1998 George Polk Award-winning audio documentary, Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria’s Oil Dictatorship. The documentary overviewed Chevron’s part in killing two Nigerian villagers protesting an oil spill in their community.
Her efforts threw light on Chevron’s position in the killing of two Nigerian activists. The story uncovered the brutality against the eleven activists who were demanding contributions from Chevron to develop the impoverished oil region, which was their home.
The Interview with President Bill Clinton
In 2000, Goodman came into the spotlight for an interview done with the then-president Bill Clinton. During the half-hour interview, she caught Clinton off guard by asking him unprecedented questions. Some of the topics discussed in the interview addressed the issues related to racial profiling, the Iraq sanctions, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.
At the end of the interview, Clinton called her “hostile, combative, and disrespectful” for her questioning style.
Arrested and Charged For Reporting
Goodman has also come across arrests and lawsuits during her reporting for Democracy Now! The first arrest came outside the 2008 Republican National Convention while covering anti-war protests. Goodman and her colleagues were arrested with the probable cause of rioting.
Later, the charges were dropped, and Goodman and her colleagues were released. However, she and her producers filed a federal civil lawsuit against the US Secret Service and St. Paul and Minneapolis police departments for the illegal arrests. The case was later settled for $100,000.
Standing Rock Protest: Dakota Acess Pipeline
Goodman’s coverage of the Dakota Acess Pipeline protests in 2016 brought widespread condemnation to the pipeline administration. The crux of the controversy was related to how the tense situation unfolded under the administration’s jurisdictions after a Native American tribe called Standing Rock Sioux made protests against the $3.8-billion Dakota Access Pipeline. As she covered the protesters in ground zero, her camera crew documented the security guards using trained dogs and pepper spray against the protesters.
After the footage was shown on her show Democracy Now!, her story and the coverage went viral worldwide on social media platforms. Suddenly, the big media networks such as CNN and MSNBC picked up the story. As the events unfolded, the state’s authorities charged her two times, once with “criminal trespasses” and again with “riot.” She even turned herself into Morton County’s Sherrif after the authorities successfully gained a warrant on the “riot” case. But the court ruled in her favor and decided that there was no evidence to prove the charges.
During her battle with the authorities, many groups such as the Committee Of Protect Journalists said they supported her case on the grounds that she was only standing for the First Amendment’s right to “Freedom of Press.”
She is known to have married Denis Moynihan, a writer and a radio producer. They have co-authored a New York Times Best Seller, ‘The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope.’ Her husband also writes a regular column at Democracy Now! with Goodman.
Achievements and Recognitions
Her over three decades of journalistic experience has won Goodman many awards and recognitions such as:
- ‘The 2014’s ‘I.F. Stone Medal For Journalistic Independence,’ a lifetime achievement award by The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.
- The first journalist to receive the ‘Right Livelihood Award.’
- Co-authored six New York Times bestsellers
- Society for Professional Journalists ‘Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence’
- ‘The George Polk Award’
- ‘Robert F. Kennedy Prize’ for international reporting
The Net worth of Amy Goodman
She has an estimated net worth of $3 Million, according to the Celebrity Net Worth.
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