Award-winning journalist Amy Goodman made an appearance in Los Alamos Tuesday, joined by Denis Moynihan, one of the coauthors (along with her brother, David Goodman) of her latest book, “Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America.”
Goodman’s appearance – part of her 100 City Tour – was a fundraiser for PAC 8, the local public access television station.
The tour marks the 20th anniversary of Goodman’s radio and television broadcast, “Democracy Now!,” which began in 1996 on Pacifica Radio. It broadcast on nine stations, the only daily election show in public broadcasting. The creators planned to move on to other projects when the election ended, but found there was more demand after the elections than beforehand. So the show continued, slowly expanding to other markets.
“Democracy Now!’s” nationwide growth spurt began with the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. The show had just launched its first television broadcast that week from a media center housed in a 100-year-old firehouse in downtown Manhattan. As the closest broadcast to Ground Zero, stations around the country asked to rebroadcast the program.
The show now airs on more than 1,400 radio and television stations around the world, with more added every week.