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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Following the right writing track

“I've learned in my years as a journalist that when a politician says 'That's ridiculous' you're probably on the right track.” Amy Goodman

Born on this date in 1957, Goodman is an award-winning journalist and author, with a distinguished career in broadcasting and newspapers.  Her investigative journalism has uncovered major scandals and abuses around the globe, sometimes leading to her arrest, beatings by authorities, and ultimately changes in the mis-uses of power that she has observed.

A native of Washington, DC, Goodman studied anthropology before moving into journalism in the mid-1980s, starting as a radio reporter in New York.  In 1996 she co-founded the hard-hitting news program Democracy Now! 
Among her many prestigious awards are the Thomas Merton Award in 2004, the Right Livelihood Award in 2008, and the Gandhi Peace Award for a "significant contribution to the promotion of an enduring international peace.”  She has authored 6 books, including the The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations,          Resistance, and Hope, and this past year’s best seller, Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America..

“The media is absolutely essential to the functioning of a democracy,” Goodman said.  “It's not our job to cozy up to power. We're supposed to be the check and balance on government.“

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