Amy Goodman has exposed human-rights violations in East Timor and Nigeria, has been arrested covering the Republican National Convention and was the first person to interview exiled Haitian President Aristide.
"The role of reporters," she says, "is to go to where the silence is and say something." Known for her dedication to untold stories and issues that are chronically overlooked, Goodman has made a mark as an investigative journalist who looks beyond mainstream media news. Now it's your chance meet the icon and ask her what the news should really be talking about.
Angie Coiro is host of "Live from the Left Coast with Angie Coiro" (formerly The Green Show on KKGN in San Francisco. Prior to that, she was the host of Mother Jones Radio on Air America Radio.
The program was broadcast every Sunday from 1-2pm EST until it was canceled on December 31, 2007 for financial reasons.
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, War Profiteers, and the Media that Love Them, written with her brother David Goodman.
The book was chosen by independent bookstores as the #1 political title of the 2004 election season. The book was also chosen as one of the top 50 nonfiction books of 2004 by the editors of Publishers Weekly.
Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 300 stations in North America. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, community, and National Public Radio stations, public access cable television stations, satellite television (on Free Speech TV, channel 9415 of the DISH Network), shortwave radio and the internet.
Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman describes a video posted anonymously to the watchdog website WikiLeaks that shows a U.S. helicopter attacking and killing over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff.
"You see these individuals on the ground blown to pieces," she says. "This shows the power of actually having the video tape, showing the pictures."