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Who is Amy Goodman, and Why is this Famous Woman Returning to Redding?

Amy Goodman is not a well-known name in Redding,  but to many, the progressive broadcast journalist, syndicated  columnist, investigative reporter and best-selling author is a kind of hero.

The host of Democracy Now!, an independent global news program broadcast daily on radio, television and  the internet, including KIXE-TV and KKRN-FM, Goodman is celebrated for her fearless, bold and tenacious determination to cover stories that the corporate media often ignore.

And now she is coming to Redding. This Sat., Jan. 14, Goodman will once again grace the stage of the David Marr Auditorium at 2200 Eureka Way. Doors open at 10:30 a.m., and local musicians, Muletown and Greg Lawson, will perform at 11 a.m. Goodman will take the stage at noon.

What can you expect? Ask those who have seen her speak and they will tell you that she pulls back the curtain and reveals stories that others overlook.

Bill Clinton once called her, “Hostile, combative, and even disrespectful,” the Indonesian military called her, “A threat to national security,” and Newt Gingrich once told Amy, “I have advised my mother to talk to no reporters because of … people like you.”

On the other hand, Willie Nelson said, “She will go down in history as one of the voices of democracy’s greatest champions,” Danny Glover said, “Amy Goodman continues the quest for global justice and awareness by bringing us stories and a perspective that we don’t normally get from
the mainstream media,” and Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things, said, “What journalism should be: beholden to the interests of people, not power and profit.”

When she last came to Redding in November of 2005, George W. Bush was in the first year of his second term and was being blasted for his slow, inadequate response to Hurricane Katrina. You might not think our conservative area would be interested in a journalist who at the time
was selling a book about “the lies, corruption, and crimes of the power elite—an elite that is bolstered by large media conglomerates who obscure the truth.”

But six years ago, more than 700 paying customers filled the David Marr Auditorium and were mesmerized by the tiny, outspoken firebrand.

Goodman has received numerous awards for her work, including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the George Polk Award, and the 2008 Right Livelihood Award, often called the “Alternative Nobel Prize”.

Democracy Now! has been broadcast on KIXE-TV for more than six years, and can now be seen from 8 to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday on KIXE-TV’s World Channel 9.3.  KKRN-FM, a community radio station in Round Mountain that just started broadcasting this year, airs Democracy Now! from 7 to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday.

When Goodman last came to Redding, she was on more than 400 stations across the country but now the national, daily, independent, award-winning news show is the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., broadcasting on more than 1000 different radio and television stations throughout the world.

Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, NPR, community, and college radio stations; on public access, PBS, satellite television,DISH network: Free Speech TV ch. 9415 and Link TV ch. 9410; DIRECTV: Free Speech TV ch. 348 and Link TV ch. 375); and on the Internet.

Democracy Now!’s War and Peace Report provides their audience “with access to people and perspectives rarely heard in the U.S. corporate-sponsored media, including independent and international journalists, ordinary people from around the world who are directly affected by U.S.
foreign policy, grassroots leaders and peace activists, artists, academics and independent analysts.”

Tickets to attend the Amy Goodman event can be purchased online at amygoodmaninredding.com or at People of Progress, 1242 Center Street.

Tickets are $15 for reserved seats, $10 for students and $20 day of the show.

A limited number of tickets to a special “Meet and Greet” catered reception with Amy Goodman from 11 a.m. to noon are offered at $100 each. Each attendee will be able to visit with Amy and receive a signed copy of her most recent book, “Breaking the Sound Barrier”. This is a benefit show. All proceeds from this event will benefit KIXE-TV, KKRN-FM 88.5 AND KTHM-FM, 90.7. For more information, please call 530-232-3663 or 530-243-3811.

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Doug Craig graduated from college in Ohio with a journalism degree and got married during the Carter administration. He graduated from graduate school with a doctorate in Psychology, got divorced, moved to Redding, re-married and started his private practice during the Reagan administration. He had his kids during the first Bush administration. And has done nothing noteworthy since besides write a little poetry, survive a motorcylce crash, buy and sell an electric car, raise his kids, manage to stay married and maintain his practice for almost 25 years. He believes in magic, is a Sacramento Kings fan and loves Amy Goodman.

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