Juan Gonzalez (journalist)

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Juan González
Juan González.jpg
González in Washington D.C.
Born September 22, 1947 (aged 66)
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Show Democracy Now!
Station(s) over 1000
Network Pacifica Radio
Style Investigative journalism

Juan González (born 1947) is an American progressive broadcast journalist and investigative reporter. He has also been a columnist for the New York Daily News since 1987. He frequently co-hosts the radio and television program Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

González was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico on September 22, 1947, to Pepe (1915–1980), who was a veteran of the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry during World War II, and Florinda (1908–1987).[1] González was raised in East Harlem and Brooklyn. After a period as editor of his high school newspaper, the Lane Reporter, González attended Columbia College where he was active in the anti-Vietnam War movement and played a leading role in the protests that shut down the college in spring 1968 as one of three "Strike Central" representatives on the strike coordinating committee.[2]:70 In the student strike that followed the police riot that ended the occupation he continued in this role and in negotiations at the apartment of Eugene Galanter.[2]:94–5 He is a founding member of the New York City branch of the Young Lords, serving on its first central committee as its Minister of Education.[3]

In 1981, he was elected president of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, a political organization that concentrated on registering Latino voters. He graduated from Columbia College in 1998, 30 years after his last class there.[4]

Journalism career[edit]

In 1998, González won the George Polk Award for his investigative reporting. He is former president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, for which he created the Parity Project, an innovative program designed to help news organizations recruit and retain Hispanic reporters and managers. In 2008, The National Association of Hispanic Journalists inducted González into the organization's Hall of Fame.

In addition, he has been named by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of America's most influential Hispanics, as well as earning a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic Academy of Media Arts and Sciences.

For two years, González was the Belle Zeller Visiting Professor in Public Policy and Administration at Brooklyn College/CUNY, with an appointment in both the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, as well as the Political Science Department.

In December 2006, he reported the results of an exclusive interview with the purported "Fourth Man" who was present at the scene of the November 25 NYPD shooting incident that caused the death of Sean Bell.[5]

He has written extensively on the health effects arising from the September 11 attacks and the cover-up of Ground Zero air hazards in columns in the New York Daily News. He was the first reporter in New York City to write on the health effects arising from the September 11, 2001 attacks.[6]

González was awarded the 2010 Justice in Action Award from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund,[7] and in 2011 won the George Polk Award a second time for a series of columns in the New York Daily News which exposed criminal acts connected with Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s CityTime project, a new computerized payroll system, leading to the federal indictment of four consultancies for fraud.[8]

González's and Goodman's voices were used (uncredited) over news footage concerning Hurricane Katrina in the opening montage of New Orleans at the beginning of the action-drama film Streets of Blood (2009).

Books[edit]

González has written three books:

González is also the co-author, with Joseph Torres, of "News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media" (2011, ISBN 978-1-84467-687-3), a history of the American media with special focus on media outlets owned and controlled by people of color, and how they were suppressed—sometimes violently—by mainstream political, corporate and media leaders.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Puerto Rico Profile: Juan Gonzalez
  2. ^ a b Rudd, Mark. Underground: My life with SDS and the Weathermen.
  3. ^ "Influential Puerto Rican Activist Group the Young Lords Marks 40th Anniversary". Democracy Now!. August 21, 2009. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Democracy Now! Co-Host Juan Gonzalez". The Sanctuary for Independent Media. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  5. ^ Gonzalez, Juan (December 15, 2006). "Fourth Man: My Story". Daily News (New York). Archived from the original on January 8, 2007. 
  6. ^ Hagey, Keach (April 17, 2007). "Dishonorable Non-Mention: Juan Gonzalez and the Daily News' 9/11 Pulitzer". The Village Voice. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Juan Gonzalez Receives 2010 Justice in Action Award". Democracy Now!. February 12, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Juan Gonzalez Wins 2010 George Polk Award For Exposing $80 Million Bloomberg Administration Scandal". Democracy Now!. February 22, 2011. 

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