'Democracy Now!' Cohost Juan Gonzalez to Discuss Racism in U.S. Media at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — Award-winning journalist Juan González will discuss “The Epic Story of Race and U.S. Media” at Ithaca College on Monday, Feb. 25. Free and open to the public, his 7:30 p.m. presentation in Emerson Suites is sponsored by the Park Center for Independent Media.

González is the coauthor of “News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media,” a book that explores media coverage of race throughout U.S. history. Illustrating how racism in mainstream media often prompted the birth of independent media outlets and movements that challenged official narratives, the book was called by Bill Moyers an “engrossing story of how the press sees — and doesn’t see — who we are as a people.”

In addition to cohosting the daily television/radio news program “Democracy Now!” González is a columnist for the New York Daily News. His other books include “Fallout: The Environmental Consequences of the World Trade Center Collapse” and “Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America,” which has been turned into a documentary film.

A two-time winner of the George Polk Award for investigative journalism, González has served as president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights. He has been named by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of America’s most influential Hispanics and earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic Academy of Media Arts and Sciences.

Based in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, the Park Center for Independent Media was launched in 2008 as a national center for the study of media outlets that create and distribute content outside traditional corporate systems. For more information, visit www.ithaca.edu/indy or contact Jeff Cohen, director of the center, at jcohen@ithaca.edu.

Juan Gonzalez will be speaking on campus