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February 13, 2006

Democracy Now! cohost to speak February 15

Juan Gonzalez of Democracy Now! will receive the Ruben Salazar Journalism Award and deliver the Alumni Association's Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture at 7 p.m. February 15 at the College Nine/College Ten Multipurpose Room.

Photo of Juan Gonzalez

Juan Gonzalez
Photo courtesy of Democracy Now!

The Ruben Salazar Journalism Award is given to authors who have excelled in grassroots, independent journalism. A question-and-answer session with Juan Gonzalez will follow the presentation. Gonzalez's visit is cosponsored by College Ten and the Alumni Association.

In 1996, Juan Gonzalez helped launch Pacifica Radio's Democracy Now!, an independent news program, which he cohosts with Amy Goodman. A New York Daily News columnist, Gonzalez has won numerous awards in investigative reporting and is president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. His most recent book, Fallout: The Environmental Consequences of the World Trade Center Collapse, alleges coverups by the Environmental Protection Agency and government officials about health hazards at Ground Zero in New York. Gonzalez also wrote Harvest of the Empire: The History of Latinos in America.

The Distinguished Visiting Professor program is designed to enrich undergraduate education at UCSC by providing financial support to enable the campus to bring a person of academic distinction for a quarter in each academic year. The Alumni Association endowed the UCSC Alumni Association Distinguished Visiting Professorship in 1982.

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