Biography - Amy Goodman

Last Modified: 8th Aug, 2023
Amy Goodman
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Democracy Now! The War and Peace Report (book)
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Who is Amy Goodman?

Amy Goodman is a broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter, and author.

Amy Goodman – Age, Parents, Siblings

Amy Goodman was born on April 13, 1957, in Long Island, New York, United States. Her mother Dorothy Goodman worked as a literature teacher and after retirement worked as a social worker and is the co-founder of the SANE/Freeze peace group. Whereas, her father George Goodman worked as an ophthalmologist. He was a founding member of the Long Island chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility too.

She has siblings as well including a brother named David Goodman, who works as an investigative journalist and an author. The siblings were all raised in New York.

Source: Wednesday MidDay Medley (from left- David Goodman, Amy Goodman, Iris DeMent & Greg Brown)

Education, Ethnicity

After graduating from high school, she attended Radcliffe College. She further attended Harvard University and graduated with a degree in anthropology in 1984. She also studied for a year at the College of the Atlantic.

Her ethnicity is Ashkenazi-Jewish.

Amy Goodman – Boyfriend, Husband, Children, Divorce

Goodman is said to be married to Denis Moynihan due to the fact that they have been close friends for a long time and have co-written books. Is Amy Goodman married? Does Amy Goodman have a husband?

There is no solid base to certify those claims. Speaking of children, there is no information on the internet to support that she is a mother.

Also read: Cecily Tynan - TV meteorologist 

Source: Flickr (Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan)

Amy Goodman – Career

In 1986, she started to work as news director of WBAI in New York City. Ten years later, in 1996, she co-founded Democracy Now! The War and Peace Report. 

As Investigative journalist 

Amy Goodman and Allan Nairn witnessed the Santa Cruz Massacre and the two were also badly beaten by Indonesian soldiers. There were there covering the East Timor independence movement. In 1998, along with journalist Jeremy Scahill, she detailed the confrontation between villagers and the Nigerian Army as well as recorded Chevron Corporation’s role in it.


Amy Goodman has authored a number of books over the years. The title of the books is Botulinum Toxin Type A in the Management of Cerebral Palsy (2002), The Exception to the Rulers (2004), Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back (2006), Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times (2008).

This was followed by books including Breaking the Sound Barrier (2009), The Occupy Handbook (2012), The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope (2012), and Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America (2016).

Also read: Shepard Smith - Journalist, Anchor, Host 

Source: Huck Magazine (Amy Goodman)

Amy Goodman – Legal Issue

Amy Goodman was arrested and detained during the 2008 Republican National Convention along with several of her Democracy Now! colleagues. She was charged with obstructing a legal process in addition to interfering with a police officer. The charges were later dropped and Goodman and her colleagues were released.

She was detained for approximately 90 minutes on November 25, 2009, at the Douglas border crossing into Canada. She was on the way to a meeting at the Vancouver Public Library. The officials wanted to know if she would be speaking about the 2010 Olympic Games. She was later released with a control document, permitting her to stay in Canada for the next 48 hours.

In September 2016, an arrest warrant was sent out on Amy Goodman's name for a riot. She had covered the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in Morton County, North Dakota where her footage "showed security personnel pepper-spraying and siccing attack dogs on demonstrators." 

Also read: Maria Bartiromo - Journalist, Author, Host 

Source: the Dickinson Press (Amy Goodman pictured on Oct. 17, 2016)

Amy Goodman turned herself in. She was supported by the Committee to Protect Journalists, which stated,

"This arrest warrant is a transparent attempt to intimidate reporters from covering protests of significant public interest. [...] Authorities in North Dakota should stop embarrassing themselves, drop the charges against Amy Goodman, and ensure that all reporters are free to do their jobs."

The case was dismissed on October 17, 2016, as no probable cause was found to support the stated riot charge.

Amy Goodman – Awards, Nominations

Amy Goodman has received several awards including Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting, George Polk Award, Islamic Community Award, Thomas Merton Award, Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship, Right Livelihood Award, Izzy Award,  Gandhi Peace Award, I.F. Stone Lifetime Achievement Award,  Sigma Delta Chi Award among others.

Amy Goodman – Net Worth, Salary

The net worth of Goodman is estimated at $3 million. Her annual salary is unknown.

Amy Goodman – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On Instagram and Facebook, Amy Goodman has thousands of followers. She is absent from Twitter but tweets through Democracy Now!'s Twitter.

Also read: Naomi Wolf - Author, Journalist, Former political advisor 

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