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Amy Goodman    

Host, Democracy Now!

Amy Goodman is an award-winning investigative journalist, author, and syndicated columnist, as well as the host of Democracy Now!, airing on more than 800 public television and radio stations worldwide. She is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the Alternative Nobel Prize, for developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media. The Independent of London called Goodman and Democracy Now! an inspiration, and has placed her at the top of their 20 Top Global Media Figures list.

Goodman is a 1998 recipient of the George Polk Award for the radio documentary she co-produced, Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria's Oil Dictatorship, which exposed the oil company's role in the killing of two Nigerian villagers on May 28, 1998. The piece also won the Golden Reel for Best National Documentary from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. Goodman has also won numerous awards for another radio documentary she co-produced, MASSACRE: The Story of East Timor, including the Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting, the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton, the Armstrong Award, the Radio/Television News Directors Award, as well as awards from AP, UPI, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting .

The author of four New York Times bestsellers, Goodmans latest book, Breaking the Sound Barrier, proves the power of independent journalism in the struggle for a better world. She has co-authored, with brother and journalist David Goodman, three other bestsellers: Standing Up to the Madness, Static, and The Exception to the Rulers.

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Speech Topics

Breaking the Sound Barrier: The Power of Independent Journalism

Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders & the People who Fight Back

Standing up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times

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