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.


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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5 Responses

  1. Avatar Pamela says:

    Thank you Doug Craig for helping make this event possible. Amy Goodman is one of the few truthtellers we have. No one is perfect, and she may not cover every possible story, but she does indeed shine the light in areas that the corporate media would prefer not to go. I have my ticket!!!!

  2. Avatar Insanity Prevails says:

    I have mixed feelings about Amy Goodman and Democracy Now. I have watched the program several times and attempted to research their motivations. There are possible ties to Geo Soros and they also "commune" with other non profit "social agenda" organizations, the type we hear from frequently when it comes to civil rights issues. I do believe that while she may be a well awarded journalist, I feel she has a very leftist tone and bias to her reporting. I would do my homework before attending her "event" and I would not be a "sponge" to her words as if she were some kind of media hero. After all, what is the media's main objective? To get you to believe them.

    Here is a link to an artical I found very interesting:


    • W o w , "Insanity"… Did I just read that lazy- repeat rant of yours, again? Please allow me to lazily cut and past and post…

      "I felt quite disturbed reading the above.

      Do you so fear and feel compelled to villify and attack women matriculating and earning their way to high causes and success than those of your own that you would actually write that for publishing?! Now, don't get me wrong, "Insanity": I'm just very confused by the patterns I infer from your last couple of submissions.

      I am especially shocked because I think you really have some pretty darn good points from time to time, "Insanity." But not a speck of good do I find in the frothy, bitter poison you seem to attempt at envenomating this thread, and that of a recent Shasta College student-journalist's thread, Ms. Magaña. She seemed to be a most brave, thoughtful and promising writer. Unlike you, sir, she had the authenticity to properly CITE her research!

      I would simply offer you, "Insanity," that by attending Ms. Amy Goodman's event we all WOULD fulfill doing our "homework." Why the veiled fear-mongering and degradation of Ms. Goodman's event? (You are giving us Republicans a worsening name.) Or did I misunderstand something in your intent? So by your logic, would you feel better/safer, and would I be more of an American to you, if I had a right-leaning bias as a journalist?

      It sounds as though you, "Insanity Prevails" – or whatever name you choose to hide behind – perhaps you could do a little more homework, too. It might just help un-"mix" your implicit feelings above… I am not sure from which country you hail, but perhaps, "Insanity," if you attended Ms. Goodman's event – guaranteed under the Constitution of THIS great nation – it may free you up from making embarrassing, unsubstantiated remarks about a woman you know nothing about. Truly opening your mind to genuinely learning about Ms. Goodman's perspective – on your own – would put you in big-boy pants, and may help you curb curious negative impulses to pick-on a young, defenseless female college kid trying her first opportunity at published writing. She, with the guts in using her REAL name, guts you clearly seem to lack when you choose to spew sometimes from behind a cloaked, cowardly moniker. If you do not attend Ms. Goodman's event, your preaching about readers doing their "homework" could be as Hypocritical as it gets. But maybe, that's the country you hail.

      (I think were you a truly brave one, "Insanity," you would offer Ms. Magaña a most contrite apology, as I would offer mine if I got caught booing and saddening your child or grandchild for missing a line at the school play…) Hmmmm, Insanity…" [Nothing from you on Amy's PACKED-house-event today? No homework?? No apology yet to the young lady you bullied? No big-boy pants for you today…]

    • Avatar El Casltle says:

      Maybe only motivation is to ask right question and see what we get?

      I don't think we can put her leftist – unless true and decent things are left oriented…then I am leftist too…I respect truth, honesty, common wealth, good society, responsibility, nonviolence, good education, freedom, regulation of our food and environment, punishment for crimes, prosecuting anybody – companies included for cheating, robbing and destroying our common wealth..that means earth, water, air, worksource, health, education, freedom…etc, yes,, it these are left oriented – count me in!!

  3. Avatar Pamela says:

    I find it very interesting how people often label the "truth" as "leftist"–somehow trying to dismiss what one does not agree with. People should attend the "event" and decide for themselves and/or ask questions of Amy Goodman. I am glad that Goodman's voice is very different from mainstream media. It's about time we hear good, investigative journalism as opposed to corporate news-speak.