Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning news anchor and reporter for PBS and NPR, who covers America’s untold stories and highlights today’s critical issues. As the anchor and executive producer of long-running weekly NPR show Latino USA, and anchor for PBS’ NEED TO KNOW series and the talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One from WGBH/La Plaza, she has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad. In her over 25 years as a journalist, she also worked for CNN, and was a senior correspondent at NOW on PBS. More
Marea Chaveco is a dynamic, proven not-for-profit leader having worked with the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Art21 and prior to joining the Futuro team was a key member of the Finance Department at the Mark Morris Dance Group, one of the pre-eminent producers of Modern Dance in the world. In addition, she is an advisor to many NYC-based organizations including DAW Productions. Marea studied at Hunter College and is a native of NYC where she lives with her partner and two children. She began in 2011 as Business & Finance Director at The Futuro Media Group and is now thrilled to be further guiding the dynamic vision of The Futuro! Being a Futurista has allowed her to combine her passion for business and social justice.
Martha Spanninger is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and broadcast journalist who's produced 100's of hours of media for the Networks, Cable and PBS. Before joining Futuro she spent a year traveling across the country with Tom Brokaw in search of the changing face of America for NBC. “American Character Along Highway 50” featured multi-platform dispatches for NBC and culminated in an hour documentary on USA. Her career has included staff producing assignments with PBS (Now on PBS), CBS News (CBS Reports, Our Times with Bill Moyers and West 57th), NBC (Now and Dateline) and ABC (20/20 and Primetime). As a Senior Producer at ABC News Productions, she oversaw the editorial content and production of over 50 documentaries, winning over 50 awards. More
Carolina Gonzalez is an award-winning journalist and scholar with over two decades of experience in print and radio. She served as an editorial writer at the New York Daily News, and has covered education, immigration, politics, music and Latino culture in various alternative and mainstream media outlets, such as WNYC radio, AARP Segunda Juventud, SF Weekly and the Progressive Media Project. The guidebook she co-authored with Seth Kugel, Nueva York: the Complete Guide to Latino Life in the Five Boroughs, was published in 2006 by St. Martin’s Press. She was raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and Queens, New York and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Kaitlin Archambault is a creative professional interested in the social impact of visual communications. With experience ranging from commercial design and new media to international historic preservation, whether she is documenting a 16th century fresco, organizing an interactive public art project, designing an ad, or developing a digital strategy, Kaitlin believes in the social impact of creative communications. She holds a BFA in Illustration and an Honors BA in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut. She joined The Futuro team in 2012, excited to further the use of multimedia to make journalism accessible to new audiences. Drawing from a background of intersectional anti-oppression feminism and social theory, Kaitlin is involved in public art and community organizing in New York and beyond, and is an actively exhibiting visual artist.
Deborah George is a journalist based in Takoma Park, MD. For the past fifteen years she’s edited the award-winning “RadioDiaries” series (http://www.radiodiaries.org) which airs on NPR’s All Things Considered. George has also been an editor and producer at NPR News and the Senior Editor for American RadioWorks, public radio’s documentary and investigative production company. Over the course of her career, she’s covered stories in the U.S, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She received the Peabody Award in 2009 for the documentary, “The Great Textbook War.” Her awards also include the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award (six Silver Batons and a Gold Baton); the Edward R. Murrow Award; the Robert F. Kennedy Award; the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE).
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Emily Harrold is a documentary filmmaker based in New York. Her films have screened at such festivals as The Tribeca Film Festival, The Nashville Film Festival, and The Provincetown International Film Festival. Recently, Harrold's film Reporting on The Times: The New York Times and The Holocaust received a Student Directors Guild of America Award and was a Documentary Finalist in the 2012 Student Academy Awards. Before joining The Futuro Media Group, Harrold worked for BBC2, Gigantic Pictures, and Insignia Films. Her recent credits include PBS’s Grand Coulee Dam and PBS's Constitution USA with Peter Sagal. Harrold is a graduate of New York University, where she earned honors majoring in Film Production and US History.
Leda Hartman is a creative and seasoned writer, reporter and editor who specializes in narrative journalism. As a reporter, Leda is committed to bringing the stories of ordinary people to life in ways that go beyond quick headlines and sound bites. Leda works online, in print and on the radio, and has been a longtime contributor to many nationally broadcast public radio programs, reporting on everything from breaking news and human-interest features to presidential campaigns. Leda's work has aired on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Latino USA, Living on Earth, Studio 360, The World and Voice of America, among other programs. Leda has also worked as the assignment editor for two nationally broadcast global affairs programs, Latitudes and the World Vision Report. Over the years, she has received more than a dozen national and regional awards.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Michael Simon Johnson spend most of his childhood making music and groaning when his parents put on NPR in the car. So naturally he graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Sound Design, moved to New York and made his way into public radio. As an engineer, he has worked for Afropop Worldwide, WNYC's Radio Rookies, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He commits much of his time to working on radio and multimedia projects but can often be found playing the bass, rock climbing, and traveling.
Melanie La Rosa has been a media producer and documentary filmmaker since 2000, and has over 15 years experience in non-profit management. She has held development positions with WITNESS, Solar One, the ACLU, the International Institute of the Bay Area, and other high-impact organizations. She has produced and directed two independent documentaries which have screened around the world, and also worked as cinematographer and editor on many independent films. Melanie has an MFA in Film and Media from Temple University, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan. She teaches documentary filmmaking at Hunter College/CUNY.
Diana Montaño is a Mexico City-born, East Coast-raised producer for Latino USA. Before coming on board, she worked as an editor at the Phnom Penh Post in Cambodia and as an associate producer with Radio Bilingüe in California. Diana has also taught video production to immigrant and refugee youth in Oakland, and to young indigenous women in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. She is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
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Sandra Rattley is a behavior change communications specialist with over 35-years experience as a communications leader. In 1999, she launched the Africa Learning Channel, a Pan-African information service broadcast via WorldSpace Satellite Radio to over 100 million listeners in 51 African countries, providing first-voice, best practices information for poverty reduction, civic engagement and good governance. She also led a 3-year HIV/AIDS information campaign in rural villages in Uganda and Zambia to increase AIDS awareness and reduce stigma. Ms. Rattley has directed numerous federal and local government programs designed to increase the capacity of NGOs that serve those disproportionately impacted by poverty, as well as a DC Government HIV/AIDS Administration program to establish HIV/AIDS Drop-In Centers at churches and other faith-based organizations to offer services and support to people infected and affected by the virus. More
Daisy Rosario is a comedian, writer and producer of things from radio stories to live events. Recently graduated from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, she also works with The Moth and the Upright CitizensBrigade Theatre. Daisy has interned at Radiolab, taken a play she directed to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and is an obsessive baseball fan. Her story “Child of Trouble,” was featured on the Peabody award-winning Moth Radio Hour. She holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Maia Sanchez-Acero is a recent graduate of Hampshire College where she studied the intersections of American Studies, Art History and Critical Theory. Her studies culminated with a thesis paper on Oliver Stone's Vietnam film trilogy. She has been involved in various social justice organizations including the Civil Liberties and Public Policy group at Hampshire College, Amnesty International and The New York Civil Liberties Union. One time she won a pie-eating contest. She is deeply invested working on and expanding the development and social media reach of the Futuro MediaGroup. When she isn’t writing grants or researching, her hobbies include drawing, travelling and keeping up with popular culture.
A.C. Valdez comes to LatinoUSA by way of public radio shows like America Abroad, The Diane Rehm Show, WAMU-FM's The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and Tell Me More. He's worked with reporters from around the world, coordinated performances with groups like The Noisettes, and done in-depth work on the U.S. military's counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan. A native of Washington, D.C., A.C. Is a graduate of Emerson College.
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Titi Yu is a documentary producer based in New York. She has produced hundreds of hours of documentaries for PBS, HBO, NBC, and History Channel. Titi has worked with such luminary media figures such as Bill Moyers, Tom Brokaw, and Henry Louis Gates Jr. Documentaries she’s help produced have garnered prestigious awards such as the Emmy, Gracie Award, the Headliner Award and the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award. Titi holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and a MA in Documentary Film from Emerson College.