Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now! She is co-author of the national best-seller The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, written with her brother David Goodman. The book was chosen by independent bookstores as the #1 political title of the 2004 election season. It was also chosen as one of the top 50 non-fiction books of 2004 by the editors of Publishers Weekly.
Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing over 300 stations in North America. It provides access to people and perspectives rarely heard in the U.S. corporate-sponsored media.
Amy Goodman began her career in community radio in 1985 at Pacifica Radio. In 1990 and 1991, Goodman traveled to East Timor where she and colleague Allan Nairn witnessed Indonesian soldiers gun down 270 East Timorese. Indonesian soldiers beat Goodman and Nairn, fracturing Nairnís skull. Their documentary Massacre: The Story of East Timor won numerous awards, including the Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting, the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award, the Armstrong Award, the Radio/Television News Directors Award, as well as awards from the Associated Press, United Press International, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
In 1996, Goodman helped launch Pacifica Radio's Democracy Now! Two years later, Goodman and producer Jeremy Scahill went to Nigeria. Their radio documentary Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria's Oil Dictatorship exposed Chevron's role in the killing of two Nigerian villagers in the Niger Delta, who were protesting yet another oil spill in their community. That documentary won the George Polk Award, the Golden Reel for Best National Documentary from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, and a Project Censored award.
In 1999, Goodman interviewed American political prisoner Lori Berenson, the first time a journalist had ever gotten into the prison to speak to her. In March of 2004, Goodman interviewed Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, accompanying the delegation that retrieved him.