Amy Goodman will receive an honorary degree at this year’s commencement ceremony in recognition of her outstanding contribution to independent political journalism and for her role as a spokesperson for more effective leadership and reform.
Her career in journalism began in 1985 soon after she graduated from Harvard College and became news director of radio station WBAI in New York City. By the 1990s she had established a reputation as an investigative journalist, first with her reporting on the East Timor independence movement and then through coverage of the civil strife in Nigeria fueled in part by the self-interests of big business.
In response to her observation that traditional media failed to cover much of the news, she co-founded a program called DemocracyNow! The War and Peace Report in 2001. Begun as a daily election news program, it expanded to include global reporting of politics, foreign policy, human rights, and activism. DemocracyNow! is the only public media program in the country that airs simultaneously on radio, satellite and cable television, and the internet, and currently broadcasts on over 1000 public television and radio stations.
The author of several books, including the New York Times bestsellers Standing up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times and The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance and Hope, she’s held in the highest esteem for her contributions to the field of independent political journalism.