About the Program
Juan Gonzalez, co-host of Democracy Now! and Joseph Torres, senior advisor of government and external affairs for Free Press, presents a history of race and the American media. The authors examine the role that segregation played in how the news was reported and argue that the media was often culpable for cultivating acts of racial violence. The authors also profile several minority journalists and report on their struggles in creating a more diverse press corps. Juan Gonzalez and Joseph Torres discuss their book with Amy Goodman, co-host and executive producer of Democracy Now! at the Great Hall of the Cooper Union in New York City.
Juan Gonzalez is the author of several books, including Roll Down Your Window: Stories from a Forgotten America. He is the former president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and two-time recipient of the George Polk Award. Mr. Gonzalez is a co-host of Democracy Now! and a columnist for the New York Daily News.
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Joseph Torres is the senior adviser of government relations and external affairs for Free Press, a media reform organization. He serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and the Center for Media Justice.