On Sunday, October 23rd, KCSB 91.9 FM and La Casa de la Raza will co-host a literary event celebrating co-authors Juan González and Joseph Torres‘ latest publication, News For All the People: The Epic Story of Race and The American Media. This Santa Barbara appearance, which is free and open to the public, is one stop during a two-week coast-to-coast tour for this new Verso Books release.The evening will begin at La Casa de la Raza Cesar E. Chavez Center at 6pm with a talk by journalists Juan Gonzalez (of Democracy Now! fame) and Joseph Torres (of media reform organization Free Press), discussing their sweeping account of the class and racial conflicts in American news media, from the first colonial newspaper to the age of the Internet. Next, at 7pm, there will be a reception and book signing, with light refreshments (donations requested) and also music provided by KCSB-FM. Copies of News for All the People will be available for purchase courtesy of Chaucer’s Books. Based on years of archival research and up-to-the-minute reporting by veteran journalists and media reform advocates Juan González and Joseph Torres, News for All the People reveals how racial segregation in the media distorted the news and highlights numerous examples of how publishers and broadcasters actually fomented racial violence through their coverage.
Fast-paced, story-driven and replete with portraits of individual journalists and media executives, this new work weaves back and forth between the corporate battles and government policies that built our segregated media system—as when Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover gave a radio license to the KKK—and those who rebelled against that system, such as Pittsburgh Courier publisher Robert L. Vann, who led a national campaign to get the black-face comedy Amos ’n’ Andy off the air.
Juan González is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award for commentary, and a former president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is a columnist for New York Daily News, and co-host of the nationally syndicated TV and radio news show Democracy Now! His previous books include Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America, and Fallout: The Environmental Consequences of the World Trade Center Collapse.
Joseph Torres is senior advisor for government and external affairs for Free Press, the national media reform organization. Before joining Free Press, he worked as deputy director at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and was a journalist for several years