David Goodman is a journalist for national publications, the bestselling author of ten books, and host of the weekly public affairs radio show The Vermont Conversation. His varied passions have led him to write about a diverse mix of topics, from world politics, the outdoors, and travel, to the impact of a natural disaster on his hometown in Vermont. He is a longtime contributing writer for Mother Jones. David’s Mother Jones articles were part of a package that won the prestigious National Magazine Award for General Excellence. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, Outside, Boston Globe, Travel & Leisure, Ski, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications.
Goodman is the co-author of four New York Times bestsellers that he has written with his sister Amy Goodman (host of the news show Democracy Now!): Democracy Now! Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America (Simon & Schuster, 2016); The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers and the Media That Love Them (Hyperion, 2004); Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders and the People Who Fight Back (Hyperion, 2006), and Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times (Hyperion, 2008). He is also the author of the critically acclaimed Fault Lines: Journeys Into the New South Africa (University of California Press, 2002), which Archbishop Desmond Tutu hailed as “a searingly honest book by someone who really knows his subject.”
Goodman has appeared as a guest on national radio and television shows, including PBS NewsHour, Democracy Now!, NPR’s Fresh Air, Morning Edition, Talk of the Nation, C-SPAN’s BookTV and CNN.
Goodman is also the author of the national award-winning historical guidebook, Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast: 50 Classic Ski Tours in New England and New York (AMC Books), which Backcountry dubs “the bible of Eastern backcountry skiing.” The Boston Globe calls Goodman “the godfather of Northeastern backcountry skiing,” though he assures us that he has no ties to mobsters.
David Goodman is a graduate of Harvard University. He grew up dreaming of becoming a professional clarinetist, but ended up developing a few other interests. He has worked as a mountaineering instructor for Outward Bound, a wilderness emergency medical technician, in a homeless shelter in Cambridge, Mass., and mostly, as a writer. He still plays clarinet, as an avid amateur in orchestras and with klezmer groups in Vermont. He lives with his wife, Sue Minter, and their children, Ariel and Jasper, in Waterbury Center, Vermont.
Email: david [at] dgoodman.net