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Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 700 TV and radio stations in North America. Time[…]

With some help from her brother, Amy Goodman first took on the high school principal.

Question: Was journalism an interest growing up?


Amy Goodman: Well, it was always, journalism was always the thing that we did in our family. My younger brother, who I write books with, David, started Dave’s Press when he was about 8 or 9 years old. He [saw] the arrows to his room that said Dave’s Press, and he would labor over these, the Xerox machine that burned the image into the next piece of paper, and it was really an expanded sort of family calendar, and we would debate the issues of the day with our great uncles and grandparents on the Letters To the Editor Page.

But then we went on to junior high school and high school, the newspaper, and I was the editor of our high school newspaper, as were my brothers, and it was really the place where we… I guess, I felt it was a place… Journalism was a way to deal with social justice issues. In high school, it was holding the principal accountable and then it was just going on to a larger stage.


Recorded on: August 11, 2008