"Al Giordano is a veteran newspaper reporter, radio and television host, and Internet journalism pioneer who founded Narco News in 2000 and its School of Authentic Journalism in 2002. Prior to moving to Latin America, Al was the political reporter for the Boston Phoenix, and has published his work in The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, The Utne Reader, American Journalism Review, New Left Review, and dozens more periodicals.
"Named “Hot Muckraker” by Rolling Stone (2001), Al’s pioneering work in Authentic Journalism has also been profiled and praised by The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, The Christian Science Monitor, Online Journalism Review, Columbia Journalism Review, The Village Voice, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Wired.com, and The Media Channel. Al was the recipient of an Upton Sinclair Freedom of Expression Award in 2004. James Wolcott of Vanity Fair praised his coverage of the 2004 presidential contest noting that Giordano “enjoyed the hottest streak of almost any handicapper.”
"Giordano was the first Internet journalist to receive First Amendment protections in a landmark New York Supreme Court case (Banamex vs. Mario Menendez, Al Giordano and Narco News) in 2001, setting an historic precedent for all online journalists and websites."