Juan Gonzalez is an American investigative journalist. and a columnist for the “New York Daily News”. He co-hosted the radio and television program “Democracy Now!” during its early years. In 1981 he was elected president of The National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, a political organization that concentrated on registering new Latino voters. He has written extensively on Ground Zero illnesses and the cover-up of Ground Zero air hazards in columns in the “New York Daily News”.
In 1998, Gonzalez won the George Polk Award for his investigative reporting. He is former president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and one of the founding members of the Young Lords Party. He has had the honor of being named by “Hispanic Business Magazine” as one of this country’s most influential Hispanics, as well as earning a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic Academy of Media Arts and Sciences.
Gonzalez wrote “Fallout: The Environmental Consequences of the World Trade Center Collapse”, “Harvest of Empire: The History of Latinos in America”, and “Roll Down Your Window: Stories of a Forgotten America”.