[Congressional Record Volume 161, Number 120 (Tuesday, July 28, 2015)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E1140-E1141]

                          HONORING CARL JENSEN


                           HON. MIKE THOMPSON

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                         Tuesday, July 28, 2015

  Mr. THOMPSON of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the 
life of Dr. Carl Jensen, founder of Project Censored, who passed away 
on April 23, 2015.
  Mr. Jensen was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1929, the only child of 
Danish and Swedish immigrants. His family moved to Northern California 
at the outbreak of World War II, settling in Arcata in Humboldt County. 
Throughout his career and life, he lived many places including Europe, 
San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and eventually to Cotati in 
1973 where he met his wife Sandra while teaching at Sonoma State 
University. Prior to his time in academia Jensen served his country as 
an Air Force intelligence officer in Puerto Rico during the Korean War. 
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Sherman Jackson of 
Crescent City and John Jensen of Lucerne, and two daughters, Lisa 
Jensen of Monterey and Pia Jensen.
  Mr. Jensen was a professor emeritus of Sociology and Communications 
Studies at Sonoma State University in California and author of 
Censored--The News That Didn't Make the News and Why (from 1976 to 
1996), 20 Years of Censored News (1997), and Stories That Changed 
America: Muckrakers of the 20th Century (2000). He founded Project 
Censored, the internationally recognized media research project, in 
  Project Censored has remained a distinguishing aspect of the 
university's curriculum for 39 years. Jensen's pioneering program of 
hands-on student training in independent journalism has now been 
adopted at dozens of college and university campuses across the country 
and around the world. And today, Project Censored is the longest 
running research project on news media censorship. A true and lasting 
achievement to be sure.
  His legacy is not fully encompassed by his published work. It also 
includes the hundreds of undergraduate students, at Sonoma State and in 
classrooms across the nation, who research news stories from the 

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press to determine if those stories were censored in the corporate 
media. Mr. Jensen has had a profound and lasting impact on hundreds of 
students in the 5th District and around the country.
  Mr. Speaker, it is appropriate at this time to acknowledge the life 
and accomplishments of Carl Jensen, a true leader, patriot, and 
defender of the first amendment. May he rest in peace.