Juan Gonzalez, a journalist and author, was a staff columnist at the New York Daily News from 1987 to 2016. He is cohost of the award-winning daily radio and television news program Democracy Now! A two-time recipient of the George Polk Award for commentary (1998 and 2010), Juan was the first reporter in New York City to consistently expose the health effects arising from the September 11th attacks and the cover-up of these hazards by government officials.
He is a founder and past president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), and a member of the organization's Hall of Fame. During his term as NAHJ president, Juan created the Parity Project, an innovative program that partners local communities with media organizations to improve coverage of the Latino community and to recruit and retain more Hispanic journalists writing literature reviews. He also spearheaded a successful movement among U.S. journalists to join other citizen groups in opposing the Federal Communications Commission's deregulation of media ownership restrictions.
Juan's books include Fallout: The Environmental Consequences of the World Trade Center Collapse, Roll Down Your Window: Stories of a Forgotten America, and News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media, coauthored with Joseph Torres.
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