Democracy Now!

b. 1996, New York, NY

National daily independent news program

Hosted by award-winning investigative journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now! has become an indispensable part of the American media landscape. The Pacifica Network’s hour-long daily news program prides itself on being the fruit of a broad, ongoing collaboration, drawing upon the work of a large number of independent journalists and community media outlets. Founded in 1996 as an election-year project at WBAI, the program quickly became Pacifica’s most essential investigative news program. Democracy Now! routinely outdoes most national corporate broadcast news in its diversity of voices, its depth of coverage, and its courage to challenge powerful interests. After Sept. 11, 2001, and as war began in Afghanistan and Iraq, US audiences found that depth and courage were often in short supply among national news programs; Democracy Now! has expanded rapidly to meet public demand. The program now appears on more than 700 radio and television stations worldwide, in addition to satellite channels and the Internet.

The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey