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Juan  Gonzalez

Juan Gonzalez

Award-winning Journalist


During a career that has spanned nearly 40 years, Juan Gonzalez has emerged as one of the country’s best-known Latino journalists. He was a staff columnist for New York’s Daily News from 1987 to 2016 and has been a co-host for more than two decades of Democracy Now, a daily morning news show that airs on more than 1,300 community and public radio and television stations across the US and Latin America. Read More >

His investigative reports on urban policy, race relations, the labor movement and Latin America have garnered numerous accolades, including two George Polk Awards for commentary. His book Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America, has been required reading for years in college courses across the country, and a documentary film based on it was released in 2012.

Gonzalez has also authored four other books, including Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America’s Tale of Two Cities; News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media; and Fallout: The Environmental Consequences of the World Trade Center Collapse.

One of the original founders of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), Gonzalez served as the group’s president from 2002-2004 and was named to its Hall of Fame in 2008. During his term as the group’s president, he spearheaded a nationwide effort by professional journalists to successfully challenge the Federal Communications Commission’s dismantling of media ownership regulations.

Even before he entered journalism, Gonzalez was a well-known 1960s activist, as a key figure of the Columbia University student revolt of 1968, and later as a leader of the militant Puerto Rican group the Young Lords, and of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights.

Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, he was raised in East Harlem and Brooklyn, New York. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia, has been a visiting professor at Brooklyn College and New York University, and is currently a professor of journalism and media studies at Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

A History of Latinos in America

The Fight Over Immigration Reform

Latinos & American Politics in the New Century

Discrimination in the American News Media

So Much News, So Little Knowledge: How Did Our Media System Get To Be This Way?

Privatize This! The Corporate Pillaging of Urban Public Space & Resources

After María: Puerto Rico’s Twin Calamity of Debt & Hurricane Devastation

Revolt of the Cities: How Urban Social Movements are Spearheading the Fight Against Right-Wing National Policies