Author Juan González has been a journalist for more than 30 years and a staff columnist at the New York Daily News since 1987. He is also the co-host 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), Mr. González 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, Mr. González 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.
A founding member of the Young Lords Party in the 1970s, and of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights in 1980s, Mr. González has twice been named by Hispanic Business magazine as one of the country’s most influential Hispanics and has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the National Council of La Raza, and the National Puerto Rican Coalition.
Mr. González has written four books: Fallout: The Environmental Consequences of the World Trade Center Collapse; Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America; Roll Down Your Window: Stories of a Forgotten America. His latest book – News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media, co-authored with Joseph Torres, is a landmark narrative history of American media that puts race at the center of the story.