• Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto
  • May 24, 2017 - 18:30
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They are among the world’s most unrelenting truth seekers. In their first live joint appearance, these renowned, award-winning journalists and authors will discuss the pressing need to apply constant, critical pressure on an American president who threatens the very fabric of democracy, journalism, civil society and the truth.
 
In this two-part Toronto event, our first discussion features Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now!; Juan González, co-host of Democracy Now!; Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer-prize winner and co-founder of The Intercept; Jeremy Scahill, war correspondent and co-founder of The Intercept, and Vicky Mochama, national columnist with Metro News. Their conversation will be moderated by Hannah Sung, video and podcast producer for The Globe and Mail.
 
The second discussion features Matt Taibbi, author of the recently published Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus and contributing editor to Rolling Stone, in conversation with David Walmsley, editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, on journalism’s response to this ongoing circus and chaotic presidency.
 
Wednesday, May 24  | 6:30 p.m.
Roy Thomson Hall
60 Simcoe Street, Toronto
 
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
 
JUAN GONZÁLEZ has been one of the nation’s best-known Latino journalists for more than 40 years. A staff columnist for New York’s Daily News from 1987 until his retirement from the paper in 2016, he has also co-hosted for the past 21 years Democracy Now!, a daily morning news show that airs on more than 1,400 public and community radio stations in the US and Latin America, and he is now a professor of journalism and media studies at Rutgers University. Gonzalez’s investigative reports on urban affairs, the labor movement, the environment, race relations and political troubles in Latin America have won widespread recognition. In 2015, he was inducted into the New York Journalism Hall of Fame.He has authored four books, including News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media. His newest book: Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America’s Tale of Two Cities, will be released on September 5. One of the original founders of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), González served as the association’s president from 2002-2004. @juangon68

GLENN GREENWALD
 is the author, most recently, of No Place to HideWith Liberty and Justice for Some and A Tragic Legacy. A former constitutional lawyer and columnist for The Guardian until October 2013, he earned numerous awards for his commentary and investigative reporting, including the top 2013 investigative journalism award from the Online News Association, the Esso Award for Excellence in Reporting (the Brazilian equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize), and the 2013 Pioneer Award from Electronic Frontier Foundation. He also received the 2013 George Polk Award for National Security Reporting, and was named by Foreign Policy as one of the 100 Top Global Thinkers. Greenwald’s writing has appeared in many newspapers and political news magazines, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The American Conservative. In early 2014, he cofounded a new media outlet, The Intercept, with Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras. @ggreenwald

AMY GOODMAN is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 1,400 public television and radio stations worldwide. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honours: The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard honoured Goodman with the 2014 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence Lifetime Achievement Award, and she is also the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize' for “developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media.” Goodman has co-authored six New York Times bestsellers, including Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America. She co-writes a weekly column with Denis Moynihan (also produced as an audio podcast) syndicated by King Features. @democracynow

VICKY MOCHAMA is the national columnist for Metro News where she writes on race, gender and Canadian politics. Vicky co-hosts the podcast Safe Space with Buzzfeed social news editor Ishmael Daro. She is also a humour writer and a co-author of the best-selling Canadaland Guide to Canada. Her writing has been published in the Globe and Mail, TVO, NOW magazine and CBC.ca. @vmochama

JEREMY SCAHILL is the co-founder, with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, of The Intercept, the primary news organization reporting on the Edward Snowden NSA documents. He is a longtime investigative reporter, war correspondent and author of the international bestselling books Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield and Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. He has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria, the former Yugoslavia, and elsewhere across the globe. Scahill formerly served as the national security correspondent for The Nation and Democracy Now!Scahill’s work has sparked several congressional investigations and won some of journalism’s highest honors. He was twice awarded the prestigious George Polk Award, in 1998 for foreign reporting and in 2008 for Blackwater. Scahill is a producer and writer of the award-winning film Dirty Wars, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award. @jeremyscahill
 
MATT TAIBBI is the author of the recently published New York Times bestsellers Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus, and The Divide, Griftopia, and The Great Derangement. He is also a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and winner of the 2007 National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary. In talks, Taibbi paints an alarming portrait of American life—where basic rights are determined by wealth or poverty—and provides a way forward against this urgent crisis. In Insane Clown President, Matt Taibbi offers a postmortem on American democracy: a story of nationalism, spectacle over substance, and the decay of traditional institutions—even truth. It’s a stunning analysis of the 2016 election, the rise of Trump, and the shattering of the political establishment: a prescient and riveting take on what it means to be a journalist (and citizen) in the new America. @mtaibbi
 
 
ABOUT THE MODERATORS
 
HANNAH SUNG is a video and podcast producer at The Globe and Mail. She was the co-host and co-producer of Colour Code, a podcast about race in Canada by The Globe and Mail, which was named a Best of 2016 podcast by Apple iTunes. @HannahSung

DAVID WALMSLEY
is the Editor-in-Chief of The Globe and Mail. Before his appointment in March 2014, he was the director of news content at CBC News responsible for coverage across digital, radio and television. He is a veteran of leading media organisations in Canada, having come to Canada as a launch editor of the National Post in 1998. He has also worked at The Toronto Star and held two previous positions at The Globe, as the managing editor and national editor. Before his arrival in Canada he worked as a news reporter for The Belfast Telegraph, The Daily Record in Glasgow and in London he worked for The Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph. He was the associate producer of a documentary for Channel 4 television, The Final Flight of Zulu Delta 576, that culminated in a successful 17-year-long investigation into the worst helicopter accident in the Royal Air Force’s history. @WalmsleyGlobe
 

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