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Investigative Journalist Amy Goodman
to Open 68th Season of The Forum

RELEASED: Sept. 16, 2009

Amy Goodman
Amy Goodman

EAU CLAIRE — Investigative journalist Amy Goodman will present "Democracy Now!" to open the 68th season of The Forum at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in Zorn Arena.

Goodman is the executive producer and host of "Democracy Now!" an award-winning, independent, international news program that airs daily on nearly 800 radio and TV stations in North America. Time magazine named the show its "Pick of the Podcasts," along with NBC's "Meet the Press." With lively debates and independent journalism, "Democracy Now!" has made Goodman one of the most respected media speakers in the industry.

During her Forum presentation, Goodman will shed light on how the truth is often distorted by the media as a result of corporate interests. The program will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing and will be followed by a question-and-answer session and informal reception.

Goodman, who has exposed human rights violations and asked tough questions of high-ranking officials, was arrested at the 2008 Republican National Convention while covering an anti-war protest. She was 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."

Goodman and her brother, journalist David Goodman, have written three New York Times bestsellers: "Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times" (2008), "Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back" (2006) and "The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them" (2004). She writes a weekly column (also produced as an audio podcast) syndicated by King Features, for which she was recognized in 2007 with the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Reporting.

Goodman has received the American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Award, the Paley Center for Media's She's Made It Award and the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. Her reporting on East Timor and Nigeria was recognized with the George Polk Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting and the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award. Goodman also has received awards from the Associated Press, United Press International, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Project Censored, among others.

Tickets for The Forum are $8 for the public, $6 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $4 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Student tickets are half-price ($2) until the day of the event; on the day of the event, students must pay the full student ticket price.

Tickets are available at the Service Center in the east lobby of Davies Center and will be sold at the door. Patrons also may charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call 715-836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

Wisconsin Public Radio, WHYS Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. The Forum also is funded in part by Visit Eau Claire ... The Unexpected Wisconsin. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is The Forum's exclusive accommodations partner.

The Forum is funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire and administered by the Activities and Programs office of the University Centers.

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JS/DW

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