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.
Antonia Cereijido is a recent graduate of Medill, Northwestern University's School of Journalism where she majored in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. She was born in Spanish Harlem but grew up in Southern California. Antonia writes about entertainment for The Huffington Post. She has interned at Endgame Entertainment and MiTu Network and was the second camera assistant on Josefina Lopez's film Detained in the Desert. While abroad in Barcelona, Antonia wrote and directed a short surrealist film about a man who was engaged to the sea. She is a certified yoga instructor and drinks mate tea every day.
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Carlos Flores is a filmmaker born and raised in Lima, Peru and a graduate of NYU’s Film & TV program. In 2013, Carlos worked as the first assistant editor on the BBC feature film "My Old Lady" starring Kevin Kline and Maggie Smith. That year, he also became the editor of Flavio Alves' short film "Tom in America" starring Burt Young & Sally Kirkland, which will premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Carlos was also accepted into the Emerging Filmmakers program at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival for his work as editor and cinematographer on the short narrative "Twentysomething" directed by Avital Siegel. In 2015, Carlos will edit his first feature film "The Garden Left Behind" which will be his second collaboration with Flavio Alves. Along with his narrative projects, Carlos has also done commercial and documentary work for fashion label Sydney Rogers, Prevention Magazine, and AOL.
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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.
Charlotte Mangin has been a documentary filmmaker since 2000. She spent 5 years on staff of National Geographic Television & Film, reporting from the jungles of the Amazon to the Himalayan Mountains, followed by 5 years as story producer for PBS’s 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 about women’s rights in Morocco won an International Documentary Award. Charlotte directed, produced and edited an independent documentary about Moroccan street children, Tangier Treehouse, winning an ITVS grant and aired on PBS in 2007. In 2012 and 2013, she produced an Emmy-nominated archival documentary series for Thirteen/WNET. A native French speaker, Charlotte was born in Paris, attended Amherst, and earned a Masters degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard.
Cornelius is a product of the stage and song. His teenage years were spent performing in San Francisco's local theater and songwriting in his first bands. He then moved East to pursue a degree at New York University. After transferring to CUNY City College of New York, the audio engineering department became his opportunity to record his original material. This skill set blossomed into the position he now holds at Futuro Media Group as mixing engineer. Cornelius is also an Italian teacher in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The wonderfully magnetic staff at Futuro keeps him on his linguistic toes, and he pays them in kind.
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Paola Piers-Torres graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University with a Sociology-Human Rights degree and a minor in Latino Studies. Her senior thesis focused on U.S. Immigration law and its effect on the separation of mixed status families. After graduation, Paola was hired as the Audience Cultivation Coordinator for the Good Pitch Chicago (GPC). She then transitioned into the Operations Manager of The Chicago Media Project, which is an affiliate of GPC. Simultaneously, she was the associate producer of The Dream Team; a documentary that followed the life of Johnnie Lee Savory, a wrongfully convicted felon who at the age of 14 began serving 30 years in prison without access to DNA testing. Most recently, Paola has been accepted into the Media Studies Master program at the New School, in hopes of pursuing a career in making meaning films that touch on current and pressing social matters.
Jessica Pitcher is a journalist and documentary filmmaker, hailing from Dublin, Ireland. Her first funded film "Barrel to the Head" on firearm suicide in the USA will screen nationwide in 2014. Pitcher recently completed her M.A. in Journalism (News & Documentary) at NYU, during which time she interned at CNN's AC360 and WFAN Sports Talk Radio, as well as working as a distribution assistant on Kathy Leichter's film "Here One Day." Pitcher is also a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where she co-founded the student-run online T.V. station, TrinityTV. She spends many early weekend mornings watching Leinster rugby matches, and although adopting the New York Red Bulls as her new local team, she simply refuses to forgive Thierry Henry for crushing Ireland's World Cup dreams in 2010.
Sandra Rattley has over 35-years experience as a communications leader. She has served as Vice President of Cultural Programming for National Public Radio, as well as National News Editor for NPR News. She conceived and managed the first comprehensive study of NPR’s African American audience. She has extensive electronic media and print experience, including WADE IN THE WATER, NPR’s series on African American sacred music. She launched the Africa Learning Channel, an information service broadcast to over 100 million listeners in 51 African countries. She has collected oral histories and produced 2 documentaries about the oldest documented African family in the US. 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 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. 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.
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.
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, acknowledging 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 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, 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. He’s reported on the drug war, national politics, and same-sex salsa.