Our Mission

Futuro Media creates multimedia content for and about the new American mainstream in the service of empowering people to navigate the complexities of an increasingly diverse and connected world.

Who We Are

The Futuro Media Group is an independent nonprofit organization producing multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diversity of the American experience. Based in Harlem and founded in 2010 by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, Futuro Media is committed to telling stories often overlooked by mainstream media. Futuro Media produces Latino USA, NPR’s only national Latino news and cultural weekly radio program, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary at its new hour-long format. Futuro Media also produces America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa a new half-hour television series for PBS that examines how America’s growing multicultural population is influencing every aspect of contemporary life.

Our Production Team

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    Maria Hinojosa

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    Executive Producer & Anchor

    Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning news anchor and reporter who covers America’s untold stories and highlights today’s critical issues. In 2010, Hinojosa created the Futuro Media Group, an independent nonprofit organization producing multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diversity of the American experience. As the anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award winning show Latino USA which is distributed by NPR, and anchor and Executive Producer of the PBS show America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, both produced by Futuro Media, she has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad.

    Hinojosa’s 28-year history as an award-winning journalist includes reporting for PBS, CBS, WNBC, CNN, NPR, Frontline, and CBS Radio and anchoring the Emmy Award winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One. She is the author of two books and has won dozens of awards, including four Emmys, the John Chancellor Award, the Studs Terkel Community Media Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Ruben Salazar Lifetime Achievement Award. She is currently the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Chair of Latin American and Latino Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, and lives with her husband and their son and daughter in New York.

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    Nadia Reiman

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    Senior Editor

    Nadia Reiman has been a radio producer since 2005. Before joining the Latino USA team, Nadia produced for StoryCorps. Her work there on 9/11 stories earned her a Peabody Award. She has also mixed audio for animations, assisted on podcasts for magazines, and program managed translations for Canon Latin America. Nadia has also produced for None on Recordediting and mixing stories of queer Africans, and worked on a Spanish language radio show called Epicentro based out of Washington, DC. She graduated from Kenyon College with a double major in International Studies and Spanish Literature.

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    Marlon Bishop

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    Producer

    Marlon Bishop is a Peabody Award-winning 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 traveled all over Latin America, reporting stories as a freelancer for NPR, Studio 360, The World, Billboard, and Fusion, among other outlets. In 2015 he won a Peabody Award for his investigative reporting on gang violence and migration in Honduras. At Latino USA, Marlon focuses on long-form narratives, investigative projects, immigration and culture reporting.

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    Antonia Cereijido

  • Antonia Cereijido

    Producer

    Antonia Cereijido is an award-winning producer at Latino USA. Her coverage has ranged from cultural analysis of the minions to a deep dive into the immigration reform movement. You can hear Antonia on Another Round, The Dinner Party Download and as a guest host on Slate’s Represent. She has interpreted for This American Life andLove + Radio. She’s a graduate of Medill, Northwestern University’s School of Journalism where she majored in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish.

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    Fernanda Echávarri

  • Fernanda Echávarri

    Producer

    Fernanda Echávarri is a producer for NPR’s Latino USA. Before moving to NYC she was a multimedia reporter/producer at Arizona Public Media where she covered immigration, education and public affairs for four years. Fernanda, a graduate of the University of Arizona School of Journalism, was a Peabody finalist in 2016 and received a national Edward R. Murrow Award. She has also been awarded a Rocky Mountain Emmy and a Dori J. Maynard Award from the American Society of News Editors. Fernanda was born and raised in central Mexico and started her career in journalism in 2008 working for newspapers in Southern Arizona.

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    Julia Shu

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    Associate Producer

    Julia Shu is a producer and reporter in NYC. A graduate of NYU and UC Berkeley, she’s worked at WNYC, Metro, and has also written for The Grist. She grew up in San Diego, CA.

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    Zakiya Gibbons

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    Associate Producer

    Zakiya is a graduate of Haverford College, where she studied anthropology and psychology. Before she entered the world of radio, Zakiya conducted psychology research that explored the intersections of human cognition and culture, and their effects on human behavior cross-culturally. Before joining the Latino USA team, she was a Production Intern at StoryCorps, and an Editorial Intern at WNYC’s Studio 360. She enjoys covering mental health, sexuality, science, and culture.

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    Jeanne Montalvo Lucar

  • Jeanne Montalvo Lucar

    Engineer/Producer

    Jeanne Montalvo Lucar is a Dominican American audio engineer at Latino USA. Since 2006, she’s worked for notable institutions and events, including the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Tanglewood Music Festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Restoration project and live recordings with Spike Lee and Al Cooper. Her recording of Multiverse by the Bobby Sanabria Latin Jazz Big Band was nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album at the 2012 Grammy® Awards. She broke into radio after receiving her Masters in Music Technology from New York University, working as an audio engineer and producer for National Public Radio and Bloomberg Radio. When she’s not nerding out on audio and technology, she loves ballroom dancing and enjoys attending local live music shows.

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    Cornelius McMoyler

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    Cornelius McMoyler

    Engineer

    Cornelius was raised in San Francisco and attended high school in Italy before making the obligatory move to see what making art in New York is like. Since graduating from CUNY City College of New York’s audio engineering department, he has been fortunate to engineer on such first-rate recordings as Kanye West’s Yeezus, Duncan Sheik’s Star-Field on Red Lines, and a number of music spots for Showtime. Working with New York and Brooklyn’s superb local bands keeps his music taste honest. When not behind the board, Cornelius is a drummer, actor and Italian language teacher.

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    Noam Hassenfeld

  • Noam Hassenfeld

    Multimedia Producer

    Noam Hassenfeld is a Multimedia Producer at Futuro Media Group. He produces In The Thick and also produces stories for Latino USA. He graduated from Harvard with a degree in Comparative Religion and Music. Noam has spent time researching music and religion in Bali, has composed music for several films, and is a diehard Red Sox fan.

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    Julio Ricardo Varela

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    Digital Media Director, Political Editor

    As Digital Media Director and Political Editor for Futuro Media, Julio (Julito) Ricardo Varela works with the Latino USA team to promote the show’s episodes and expand its social reach. He is also a frequent contributor to the show and the editor of the show’s official site, LatinoUSA.org. In 2011, Julio founded LatinoRebels.com, one of the top U.S. Latino media sites in the world. Previously, he was digital producer for Al Jazeera America’s “The Stream” and his work has been featured in many global outlets, including the Guardian, the New York Times, Quartz, Le Monde, WGBH, WNYC, Face the Nation, MSNBC, Fusion, Univision and Telemundo. He has made numerous national TV appearances for Latino USA and Futuro Media. He can also be heard as a regular guest and guest host for Maria Hinojosa on In The Thick.

    In 2015, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists honored Julio with its inaugural DALE (pronounced like Pitbull would say it) Award, given to “given to an individual or company that steps up and goes above and beyond to ensure Latinos are fairly and accurately represented.” A native of Puerto Rico, Julio spent his childhood between San Juan and the Bronx. He was also a contributing reporter at The Boston Globe. Julio graduated cum laude from Harvard College.

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    Janice Llamoca

  • Janice Llamoca

    Digital Media Editor

    Janice Llamoca is a Peruvian-American journalist covering topics from culture to entertainment and always looking for stories that affect the Latino community. When she’s not a superhero fighting to break stereotypes, Janice likes to travel to Game of Thrones filming sites.

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Our Administrative Team

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    Charlotte Mangin

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    Charlotte Mangin

    Interim Executive Director

    Charlotte Mangin has been a documentary filmmaker since 2000. She spent five years on staff of National Geographic Television & Film, reporting from the jungles of the Amazon to the Himalayan Mountains, followed by five 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. For the past four years, Charlotte was series producer for Futuro Media’s television and video series, America By The Numbers and Humanizing America.

    A native French speaker, Charlotte was born in Paris, attended Amherst and earned a Masters degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard.

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    Anna Proffitt

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    Anna Proffitt

    Manager of Institutional Giving

    Anna Proffitt is a fundraising specialist and grants manager with five years of experience developing award-winning proposals for projects aimed to better our world. She has worked for a wide range of mission-driven organizations including Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the UN Refugee Agency, USAID-funded projects and local non-profits. As a member of EDF’s Diversity Committee, she helped coordinate a Speaker Series that spurred conversations about diversity and the environmental movement. Born and raised in East Tennessee, she spent most of her childhood obsessed with storytelling and languages that led her to live in England and Berlin. She now lives in Brooklyn after a stint in Washington D.C. She is thrilled to join The Futuro Media Group family to help achieve their fundraising goals and passions.

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    Ramya Soundararajan

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    Ramya Soundararajan

    Finance Associate

    Ramya is an experienced finance and accounting professional, driven towards efficient financial practices for over 10 years. She is detailed-oriented, a team player and is pretty much hands-on savvy with all the latest accounting software available. She resides in Queens with her husband and son.

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    Mariko Gwynne

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    Mariko Gwynne

    Office Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the President

    Mariko Gwynne brings over a decade of experience in executive offices and in event planning. Whether it was working at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University or as the assistant to venture capitalist, George L. Lindemann, Mariko’s work has made her poised, organized and resourceful.