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.
Radio has been a part of Jennifer Argueta’s life for as long as she can remember. As a child, she could be found sitting with her Smokey the Bear coloring book in the radio studio while her DJ father was on air. An International Relations graduate of Michigan State University’s James Madison College, Argueta has fundraised for over 20 years and has worked for the American Academy in Rome, The White House, The US Embassy to the Vatican, as well as for numerous elected officials. While at the Academy, she helped raise 70 million dollars for a comprehensive campaign and was in charge of their spring gala her final two years; the New York galas raised more than 1 million dollars annually. During her tenure at The White House she worked for both John Podesta when he was Staff Secretary and Deputy White House Counsel Bruce R. Lindsey. She served as Special Assistant to Ambassador Corinne C. Boggs in Rome. A frequent visitor to her husband’s native Guatemala, Jennifer is so excited that her role at Futuro Media combines her professional experience with her passion for social justice issues.
Marlon Bishop is a radio producer and journalist with a focus on Latin America, New York City, music and the arts. He got his start in radio producing long-form documentaries on Latin music history for the public radio program Afropop Worldwide. After a stint reporting for the culture desk at New York Public Radio (WNYC), Marlon spent several years writing for MTV Iggy, MTV's portal for global music and pop culture. Marlon has also lived and travelled all over Latin America, reporting stories as a freelancer for NPR, Studio 360, The World, the Village Voice, Billboard and Fusion, among other outlets.
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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.
Charlotte Mangin has been a documentary filmmaker since 2000. She spent five years on the production staff of National Geographic Television & Film, reporting from the jungles of the Amazon to the Himalayan Mountains, followed by five years as a story producer for PBS’s award-winning international affairs series Wide Angle, overseeing the production of more than a dozen documentaries covering issues such as legal reform in China, race relations in Brazil, and human rights activism in Zimbabwe. Her hour-long Wide Angle program, Class of 2006, about women’s rights in Morocco, won an International Documentary Award. Charlotte directed, produced and edited her own independent documentary about Moroccan street children, Tangier Treehouse, which won an ITVS grant and aired on PBS in 2007. In 2012 and 2013, she produced a 4-part Emmy-nominated archival documentary series for Thirteen/WNET in celebration of the flagship public television station’s 50th anniversary. A native French speaker, Charlotte was born in Paris, attended Amherst College, and earned a Masters degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard University.
Sandra Rattleyhas over 35-years experience as a communications leader. Ms. Rattley has served as Vice President of Cultural Programming for National Public Radio, as manager of public information, marketing, community outreach and audience research, as well as National News Editor for NPR News. She conceived and managed the first comprehensive research study of NPR’s African American audience. She has extensive electronic media and print experience, working as a reporter, oral historian, documentarian and executive producer of major projects, including WADE IN THE WATER, NPR’s award-winning series on African American sacred music produced in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and hosted by Bernice Johnson Reagon; as well as MAKING THE MUSIC, hosted by Wynton Marsalis with a partner series on PBS. Both 26-part series won the highest recognition in journalism, the Peabody Award. She has been awarded similar honors from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Education Association, among others. 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 has collected oral histories and produced two documentaries about her mother’s family, the Quanders, who are the focus of educational presentations at Mt. Vernon, the home of the first US President, George Washington, and the Smithsonian Institution, which has named the Quanders the oldest documented African family in the US. Ms. Rattley has directed numerous initiatives designed to increase the capacity of NGOs. She also has extensive experience planning and implementing public information and media campaigns, conducting research and resource development, and providing strategic planning guidance to national and international organizations. She has also served as Director of Communications for the Congressional Black Caucus, press spokesperson for Nelson Mandela’s first national US tour, and as media representative and speech writer for Winnie Mandela. She is currently program director at Howard University’s Center for Urban Progress, where she conducts research on critical urban problems.
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.
Before coming on board as an associate producer with Latino USA, Brenda Salinas was awarded the highly competitive Kroc Fellowship at NPR. She has reported pieces for Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Weekends on All Things Considered and for KUHF Houston Public Radio. In college, she started her campus’ only student run foreign-language publication, Nuestras Voces. Brenda has a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University.
Maia Sanchez-Acero is a 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 Media Group. When she isn’t writing grants or researching, her hobbies include drawing, traveling and keeping up with popular culture.
Nancy Trujillo graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University in May 2012 with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies. At Barnard College, Nancy was very involved with the ethnic studies student movement. With a serious commitment to institutionalizing ethnic studies in the Barnard curriculum she led the Ethnic Studies Reading Group. Her work with students, administrators and professors was crucial to creating a dialogue that helped establish Barnard’s Consortium for Critical Interdisciplinary Studies which acknowledges the undergraduate concentration and minor in ethnic studies-Interdisciplinary Concentration and Minor on Race and Ethnicity. Highly interested in the intersections of people from different cultures and social backgrounds, Nancy hopes to apply the skills and work learned from ASPIRA of New York, Inc, YouthBridge-NY and her Ethnic Studies liberal arts degree to further explore and understand the dynamics that shape social constructions in this country. Her hobbies include painting, photography, traveling, running and cycling.
A.C. Valdez comes to Latino USA 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.
Camilo Vargas went from his native Colombia to the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He joined Latino USA after a fellowship with Univision Noticias and Univision’s Investigative Unit. Before coming to the US, Camilo was a researcher for the Universidad de los Andes and the Colombian government, specializing in armed conflict and US-Latin America relations. He holds a BA and an MA in international relations from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota and an MS from Columbia’s Journalism School.