Amy Goodman is the producer and host of Democracy Now!, which she co-founded in 1966. She sees this program as way to give a voice to those "silenced by the corporate media." and believes if it weren't for corporate sponsors promoting their own interests at the expense of everyday people, media could be "the greatest force for peace on earth" because of its ability to foster human understanding.
- 1 Early Reporting
- 2 News and Controversy
- 3 Books
- 4 Awards
- 5 Contact
- 6 Resources and articles
- 7 References
Bill Clinton Interview
In November 2000, then-president Bill Clinton called into Pacifica's La Nueva Alternativa in a get-out-the-vote effort for presidential hopeful Al Gore. Amy Goodman and La Nueva Alternativa host Gonzalo Aburto asked him several questions about his record. Goodman pressed Clinton on corporate control of both major political parties, granting clemency to Native American activist Leonard Peltier, his hand in executing a murderer who became mentally ill after he committed the crime, the bombing of Puerto Rico, granting amnesty to illegal immigrants, sanctions against Iraq and Saddam Hussein, keeping the embargo on Cuba vs. lifting the embargo on China, the Israel-Palestine conflict, his perceived responsibility for pushing the Democratic party to the right, NAFTA, mass incarceration, and racial profiling. Towards the end of the interview, Clinton got frustrated, saying "You have asked questions in a hostile, combative and even disrespectful tone... and you have never been able to combat the facts I have given you." After the interview, Democracy Now! co-host Juan González remarked, "I don’t think he’s ever had that many tough questions in a row in all of the press conferences that he’s held in the White House and elsewhere over eight years." Goodman responded by saying, "It’s what it sounds like when reporters refuse to go on bended knee before power."
Nigerian Protestors Killed on Chevron Oil Platform
1n 1998, Goodman and Jeremy Scahill investigated the role of Chevron in the death of two protesters who had occupied an oil platform owned by the company. Goodman and Scahill adapted the investigation into a radio documentary called "Drilling and Killing: Nigeria's Oil Dictatorship". In the documentary, the two journalists interview local witness and Chevron officials who describe the protests and subsequent events. The interviewees tell how after over one hundred Nigerian activists began protesting against environmental degradation and for community improvements, Chevron transported Nigerian paramilitary forces to the oil platform, where they shot two activists, injured several, and imprisoned and reportedly tortured eleven. Goodman also interviewed two plaintiffs –activists who had occupied the oil platform– after they opened a legal case against Chevron and again after they lost and the oil company was cleared of all wrongdoing.
Santa Cruz Massacre in East Timor
In 1991, Goodman and Allan Nairn visited East Timor (now Timor-Leste) and saw a large, peaceful protest met with gunfire from the occupying, U.S.-armed Indonesian military, which left over 270 Timorese killed. The killing would later be known as the "Santa Cruz Massacre". Goodman and Nairn were badly beaten by the army and Nairn suffered a fractured skull from rifle butt wounds. In a subsequent radio documentary released in 1992, Goodman and Nairn described their time in the region as well as U.S. involvement in the Indonesian occupation of East Timor. In 2002, the pair updated the documentary with video footage to compliment the audio.
News and Controversy
Arrest at the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests
While reporting on the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline (DAPL) protests, Goodman was arrested. When asked why her journalist status failed to protect her from arrest, the defending prosecutor claimed "She’s a protester, basically. Everything she reported on was from the position of justifying the protest actions" The Nation pointed out that Goodman's coverage on the Dakota Access Pipeline represented one of the only media sources to cover this protest: "At the time, not a single one of the major American broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) had sent a reporter to cover the Standing Rock mobilization; none had even bothered to mention it on the air." After Democracy Now!'s video of the protests went viral, mainstream media began airing the footage and talking to Goodman. In a subsequent Cable News Network (CNN) interview, Goodman claimed her arrest represented a message to all journalists: "do not come to North Dakota." Goodman's charges were changed from "criminal tresspass" to "rioting", then eventually dropped after a judge failed to find probable cause.
Arrest at the 2008 Republican National Convention
At the 2008 Republican National Convention, Goodman was arrested after questioning why police had arrested two other Democracy Now! journalists covering related protests. Goodman was cited for interference with a peace officer and obstruction of the legal process, while the other two journalists were cited for felony riot charges. All three journalists later reached a settlement with the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis for $10,000.
Goodman is the author of several books, most recently Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America, co-written with her brother, investigative journalist and author John Goodman as well as former Democracy Now! Special Projects Coordinator and founder of Free Speech TV Denis Moynihan.
2016, largely from coverage of Standing Rock Protests
- New School's Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism (CPCJ) Award
- Prince Albert II of Monaco and UNCA Global Prize for coverage of climate change
- Loreen Arbus Changemaker Award from the New York Women in Film and Television's Muse Awards for Outstanding Vision and Achievement
- inducted into Ithaca College's I.F. Stone Hall of Fame, where she joined Intercept co-founders Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill 
- I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence, along with filmmaker and The Intercept co-founder Laura Poitras
- One of four recipients of the Right Livelihood Award for her reporting in East Timor and Nigeria
- Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship, an award "given to an individual who has challenged the status quo through distinctive, courageous, imaginative and socially responsible work of significance." 
- George Polk Award for radio reporting in 1999 for Jeremy Scahill's and her radio documentary Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria’s Oil Dictatorship.
Amy Goodman, Executive Producer and Host of Democracy Now!
Phone, Democracy Now!: (212) 431-9090
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Resources and articles
- Bill Clinton
- Bill McKibben
- Chelsea Manning
- Dakota Access Oil Pipeline (DAPL)
- Democracy Now!
- Environmental and animal activists injured or killed
- Glenn Greenwald
- Green New Deal
- Jane Mayer
- Jeremy Scahill
- Juan González
- Julian Assange
- Koch brothers
- Lisa Graves
- Naomi Klein
- Nermeen Shaikh
Democracy Now! Web Exclusives
- "Naomi Klein: By Not Holding Climate Debate, DNC Fails to Grasp “Intersectional Nature of the Crisis”", Democracy Now!, September 17, 2019, accessed September 26, 2019.
- "'Kochland': Christopher Leonard on the Secret History of Koch Industries & U.S. Corporate Power", Democracy Now!, August 27, 2019, accessed September 26, 2019.
- "A Green New Deal: Bill McKibben Hails Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Plan to Combat Climate Change", Democracy Now!, November 26, 2018, accessed September 26, 2019.
- "Glenn Greenwald on U.S. Hacking, Edward Snowden, the Dangers of Obsessing over Russia & More", Democracy Now!, October 5, 2018, accessed September 26, 2019.
- "Lisa Graves: Brett Kavanaugh Is Lying About Drinking, His Yearbook and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford", Democracy Now!, October 1, 2018, accessed September 26, 2019.
- "Boots Riley on How His Hit Movie 'Sorry to Bother You' Slams Capitalism & Offers Solutions", Democracy Now!, July 17, 2018, accessed September 26, 2019.
- "Afro-Colombian Activist Francia Márquez, 2018 Goldman Prize Winner, on Stopping Illegal Gold Mining", Democracy Now!, May 18, 2018, accessed September 26, 2019.
- "Web Bonus: Chelsea Manning on Fighting for Trans Rights, Dismantling the Prison System & More", Democracy Now!, March 27, 2018, accessed September 26, 2019.
- "Jeremy Scahill on Trump’s Cabinet Shake-up, the Mueller Probe & the Iraq War 15 Years Later", Democracy Now!, March 15, 2018, accessed September 26, 2019.
- "Anti-Police Brutality Activist Erica Garner In Her Own Words on Democracy Now!", Democracy Now!, December 28, 2017, accessed September 26, 2019.
- "Paradise Papers Reveal Tax Evasion & Shady Dealings by Nike, Apple, Queen of England & Trump Cabinet", Democracy Now, November 6, 2017, accessed September 26, 2019.
- "VIDEO: Amy Goodman Speaks After ND Judge Dismisses “Riot” Charges for Covering Pipeline Protest", Democracy Now!, October 17, 2016, accessed September 26, 2019.
- "Full Interview: Julian Assange on Trump, DNC Emails, Russia, the CIA, Vault 7 & More", Democracy Now!, April 12, 2017, accessed September 26, 2019.
- "Full Interview: Jane Mayer on the Mercers & the Dark Money Behind the Rise of Trump & Bannon", Democracy Now, March 29, 2017, accessed September 26, 2019.
- "From Standing Rock to the Red Power Movement: New Series ”RISE” Focuses on Indigenous Resistance", Democracy Now!, February 24, 2017, accessed September 26, 2019.
- Robert Shetterly, Portrait: Amy Goodman, Americans Who Tell The Truth, accessed September 25, 2019.
- Brian Stelter A Grass-Roots Newscast Gives a Voice to Struggles, "New York Times", accessed August 17, 2019.
- Democracy Now!, Democracy Now! Exclusive Interview with President Bill Clinton, Democracy Now!, November 8, 2000, accessed September 26, 2019.
- Democracy Now!, "Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria’s Oil Dictatorship", Democracy Now!, September 4, 2000, accessed September 25, 2019.
- Democracy Now!, "Drilling and Killing: Landmark Trial Against Chevron Begins Over Its Role in the Niger Delta", Democracy Now!, October 28, 2008, accessed September 25, 2019.
- Democracy Now!, "Chevron Cleared in 1998 Shooting Deaths of Protesters in Niger Delta", Democracy Now!, December 2, 2008, accessed September 25, 2019.
- Democracy Now!, "Massacre: The Story of East Timor", Democracy Now, January 28, 2008, accessed September 25, 2019.
- Democracy Now!, "East Timor Massacre Remembered: U.S.-Armed Indonesian Troops Kill 270 Timorese 20 Years Ago", Democracy Now, November 14, 2011, accessed September 25, 2019.
- Visit East Timor, Santa Cruz Massacre: The Day That Changed History of Timor-Leste, organizational website, accessed September 25, 2019.
- Democracy Now!, Massacre: The Story of East Timor, Democracy Now!, November 12, 1997, accessed September 25, 2019.
- Democracy Now!, , internet archive, May 16, 2002, accessed September 25, 2019.
- Matt Taibbi Journalist Amy Goodman Shouldn’t Be Arrested for Covering Dakota Pipeline Story, "Rolling Stone", accessed August 17, 2019.
- Lizzy Ratner Amy Goodman Is Facing Jail Time for Reporting on the Dakota Access Pipeline. That Should Scare Us All., "Nation", accessed August 17, 2019/
- Alexandra King Journalist Amy Goodman says covering Standing Rock has been 'chilling', "CNN", accessed August 17, 2019.
- Sam Levin Judge rejects riot charges for journalist Amy Goodman after oil pipeline protest, "Guardian", accessed August 17,2019.
- Amy Goodman Amy Goodman & Two Democracy Now! Producers Arrested at RNC Protest, "Democracy Now!", accessed August 17, 2019.
- Brady Gervais Settlement reached with journalists arrested during 2008 Republican National Convention, "Twin Cities Pioneer Press", accessed August 17, 2019.
- Goodreads Amy Goodman, "Goodreads", accessed August 17,2019.
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- , "Right Livelihood Award", accessed August 17, 2019.
- , Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship, accessed August 17, 2019.
- Democracy Now!, Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria’s Oil Dictatorship, Democracy Now!, September 30, 1998, accessed September 3, 2019.
- George Polk Awards, Winners of George Polk Awards for Journalism, organizational website, March 10, 1999, accessed September 3, 2019.