Rossana Rosado is the Chair of New York State’s Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration. A former journalist and editor-in-chief of El Diario, Rosado has been covering the issue of re-entry for years. She talks to Maria about the challenges and issues pertaining not only to former inmates but also the communities that grapple with how to integrate them.
Photo by Antonia Cereijido
Rossana Rosado has been a dominant force in New York media for 27 years. Using her journalism degree from Pace University, she started as a City Hall reporter at El Diario La Prensa. She left the newspaper to join WPIX, Inc. as a Producer of Public Affairs programming. The move paid off‑ and she was later promoted to Public Service Director, responsible for the creation and placement of hundreds of Public Service Announcements on the air. Ms. Rosado was recognized for her talents when she won an Emmy in 1992 for the production of a series of public service announcements featuring organizations which helped children.
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.
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.