We don't have state media in the United States. But if we had it. how would it be any different?
Amy Goodman has been the host and executive producer of Democracy Now! since 1996 and in the last twenty years has helped grow the daily national program into a ground-breaking source of news and investigations available through 1400 outlets.
Besides being a central cog on that team, Goodman has earned a spot at the forefront of grassroots independent reporting. From witnessing mass killing in East Timor to shining a light on the lengths Big Oil will go to in pursuit of bottom lines, she has worked to give voices to the voiceless.
Goodman has co-authored six New York Times bestsellers, including most recently, Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America, looking back on two decades of powerful forces influencing history.
Her tireless work has been recognized through numerous awards, including the 2014 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence Lifetime Achievement Award, along with Glenn Greenwald, the inaugural Izzy Award in 2009, the 1998 George Polk Award (with Jeremy Scahill) and was the first journalist to be awarded the Right Livelihood Award for her work bringing alternative journalism to wide audiences.