Juan González (journalist) Biography
Juan González is an American progressive broadcast journalist and investigative reporter. Also, he is a columnist for the New York Daily News from 1987 to 2016. He frequently co-hosts the radio and television program Democracy Now!with Amy Goodman.
Juan González Age
He was born on 15 October 1947 in Ponce, Puerto Rico to father Juan “Pepe” González and mother Florinda Rivera González. After Juan’s birth, his family relocated to the United States, and he grew up in East Harlem and Brooklyn. As of 2019, he 70 years old.
Juan González Wife/ Children
It is known that Juan got married twice, but the reporter has been able to confine the identity of both of his wife. Juan is a father of two children from his two marriages. Some sources suggest that he used to live with one of his wives and his daughter, who was in her teens at that time, in Inwood, New York City.
Juan González Career
In 1998, González won the George Polk Award for his investigative reporting. He is the former president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. For which he created the Parity Project. An innovative program designed to help news organizations recruit and retain Hispanic reporters and managers. In 2008, The National Association of Hispanic Journalists inducted González into the organization’s Hall of Fame.
In addition, he has been named by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of America’s most influential Hispanics. As well as earning a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic Academy of Media Arts and Sciences.
For two years, he was the Belle Zeller Visiting Professor in Public Policy and Administration at Brooklyn College/CUNY. With an appointment in both the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies. As well as the Political Science Department.
In December 2006, he reported the results of an exclusive interview with the purported. “Fourth Man” who was present at the scene of the November 25 NYPD shooting incident that caused the death of Sean Bell.
He has written extensively on the health effects arising from the September 11 attacks. The cover-up of Ground Zero air hazards in columns in the New York Daily News. Also, he was the first reporter in New York City to write on the health effects arising from the September 11, 2001 attacks.
He was awarded the 2010 Justice in Action Award from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. In 2011 won the George Polk Award a second time for a series of columns in the New York Daily News. Which exposed criminal acts connected with Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s CityTime project. A new computerized payroll system, leading to the federal indictment of four consultancies for fraud.
González and Goodman voices were used (uncredited) over news footage concerning Hurricane Katrina in the opening montage of New Orleans.At the beginning of the action-drama film Streets of Blood (2009).
Juan González Awards
First place award for commentary from the Deadline Club, the New York Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. For a series of columns on financial corruption at the Queens Public Library, the country’s largest urban library system, 2014.
Francis Perkins Award from the New York Fiscal Policy Institute, 2013. Community Champion Award from the Latino Justice/Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, 2014. President’s Award from UNITY: Journalists of Color, 2012
Juan González Harvest of Empire
We are all Americans of the New World, and our most dangerous enemies are not each other, but the great wall of ignorance between us.”Juan González, Harvest of Empire
At a time of heated and divisive debate over immigration, Onyx Films is proud to present Harvest of Empire, a feature-length documentary that reveals the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today.
Based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist and Democracy Now! Co-host Juan González, Harvest of Empire takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and military. Interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration. That is transforming our nation’s cultural and economic landscape.
From the wars for territorial expansion that gave the U.S. control of Puerto Rico, Cuba. More than half of Mexico, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes. In the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. Harvest of Empire unveils a moving human story that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the U.S.
As he said at the beginning of the film “They never taught us in school that the huge Latino presence here is a direct result of our own government’s actions. In Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America over many decades — actions that forced millions from that region to leave their homeland and journey north.”
Harvest of Empire provides a rare and powerful glimpse into the enormous sacrifices. And rarely-noted triumphs of our nation’s growing Latino community. The film features present-day immigrant stories, rarely seen archival material. As well as interviews with such respected figures as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchú, the Reverend Jesse Jackson. ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Díaz, Mexican historian Dr. Lorenzo Meyer, journalists María Hinojosa and Geraldo Rivera, Grammy award-winning singer Luis Enrique, and poet Martín Espada.