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Award-winning Journalist Amy Goodman to Speak at Otterbein

December 22, 2015
Otterbein University

Otterbein will welcome award-winning investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist Amy Goodman to campus from Feb. 22-23, 2016, as the Vernon L. Pack Distinguished Lecturer. Goodman will give a public address on the role of independent media in promoting social change, peace and justice at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, in The Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. The lecture will be followed by a book signing at 9 p.m. in Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St. Both events are free and open to the public.

Free tickets will be available to the Otterbein students, faculty, staff and alumni starting Jan. 19. Free tickets will be available to the public starting Feb. 9. Seating will be assigned and there is a limit of two tickets per person. Tickets are available at the Cowan Hall Box Office, (614) 823-1109.

While on campus, Goodman will tape an episode of her show, Democracy Now!, at Otterbein’s television studio, and meet with classes.

Goodman serves as host of Democracy Now!, airing on more than 800 public television and radio stations worldwide. She is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” for “developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media.” The Independent of London called Goodman and Democracy Now! “an inspiration,” and pulsemedia.com  has placed her at the top of their 20 Top Global Media Figures list.

Goodman is a 1998 recipient of the George Polk Award for the radio documentary she co-produced, “Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria's Oil Dictatorship,” which exposed the oil company's role in the killing of two Nigerian villagers on May 28, 1998. The piece also won the Golden Reel for Best National Documentary from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. Goodman has also won numerous awards for another radio documentary she co-produced, “MASSACRE: The Story of East Timor,” including the Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting, the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton, the Armstrong Award, the Radio/Television News Directors Award, as well as awards from AP, UPI, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The author of four New York Times bestsellers, Goodman’s latest book, Breaking the Sound Barrier, proves the power of independent journalism in the struggle for a better world. She has co-authored, with brother and journalist David Goodman, three other bestsellers: Standing Up to the Madness,Static, and The Exception to the Rulers.

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