Juan González

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Juan González is an American progressive broadcast journalist and investigative reporter. He has also been a columnist for the New York Daily News since 1987. He co-hosts the radio and television program Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman.

González was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1947 and raised in East Harlem and Brooklyn. After a stint as editor of his high school newspaper, the Lane Reporter, González graduated from Columbia College in the mid-1960s, where he was active in the anti-Vietnam War movement and participated in the protests that shut down the college in spring 1968.

In 1981, he was elected president of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, a political organization that concentrated on registering Latino voters.

In 1998, González won the George Polk Award for his investigative reporting. He is 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. He is also one of the founding members of the Young Lords Party. In 2008, The National Association of Hispanic Journalists inducted González into the organization's Hall of Fame.