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Juan D.

Richard D. Heffner Professor of Communications and Public Policy and Professor of Professional Practice, Journalism and Media Studies


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Juan D. González is an award-winning broadcast journalist and investigative reporter. A two-time winner of the George Polk Award, he is co-host of Democracy Now!, author of "Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America," and a founder of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He spent 29 years as a columnist for the New York Daily News.


Columbia College, Columbia University


Juan González's research interests include journalism; mass media history; federal mass communications policy; history of Latinos in the United States; Puerto Rico-U.S. relations; immigration, race and labor relations; and the role of dissident movements in promoting social change. Since the 1970s, he has been a general reporter and columnist in newspapers, radio, and television – both commercial and alternative media. His areas of expertise have centered on urban affairs and investigative reporting, with a special focus on municipal land use and tax policies, public education, criminal justice, race relations, the trade union movement, immigration, and the Latino community.

One of González's books, "Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America," has been used for more than a decade as a required text in nearly two hundred college Latino history and ethnic studies courses. A 2012 feature documentary based on the book (narrated by González) garnered several major documentary awards. In addition, the 2013 PBS Series “Latino Americans” featured interviews with him in three of its six segments. A more recent work he co-authored in 2011, "News for All The People: The Epic Story Race and the American Media," is currently used in several college media history courses.

Before beginning his career in journalism, González spent several years as a Latino community and civil rights activist, helping to found and lead two national organizations, the Young Lords Party during the late 1960s, and the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights during the late 1970s.

Centers, Labs, Working Groups, and Clusters

Funded Projects

Robert R. McCormick Foundation grant to National Association of Hispanic Journalists to expand the Parity Project created by NAHJ President Juan González to improve media coverage of Latinos nationwide ($1 million) 2004

Ford Foundation, Grant to support research for News for All the People ($50,000) 2005

Selected Publications

Gonzaléz, Juan D. Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Future of Urban America. New York: New Press (under contract)

Gonzaléz, Juan D. Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America. 2nd ed. London: Penguin, 2011. Print.

Gonzaléz, Juan D., and Joseph Torres. News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media. Brooklyn: Verso, 2011. Print.

Gonzaléz, Juan D. Fallout: The Environmental Consequences of the World Trade Center Collapse. New York: New Press, 2002. Print.

Gonzaléz, Juan D. Roll Down Your Window: Stories of a Forgotten America. Brooklyn: Verso, 1998. Print.

Awards & Recognitions

Inducted into the New York Journalism Hall of Fame by the Deadline Club, the New York Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, along with former New York Times editor Max Frankel, Sixty Minutes Correspondent Leslie Stahl, and CBS and PBS host Charlie Rose, becoming the first Latino journalist to be so honored, 2015

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

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