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

  • Maria Hinojosa

  • Maria Hinojosa

    President & CEO of The Futuro Media Group, Anchor & Executive Producer of Latino USA

    As a reporter who was the first Latina in many newsrooms, Maria Hinojosa dreamt of a space where she could create independent, multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diverse American experience. To that end, in 2010, she created the Futuro Media Group, an independent, nonprofit organization based in Harlem, NYC with the mission to create 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.

    As the Anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award-winning show Latino USA, distributed by NPR, as well as Co-Host of In The Thick, the Futuro Media Group’s new political podcast, Hinojosa has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad. Hinojosa is also Anchor and Executive Producer of the PBS show America By The Numbers, the first national television series to examine our country’s dramatic demographic shifts, and Humanizing America, a digital video series that deconstructs stereotypes about the American electorate. She is also a new contributor to the long-running, award-winning news program CBS Sunday Morning and a frequent guest on MSNBC.

    Hinojosa’s nearly 30-year career as an award-winning journalist includes reporting for PBS, CBS, WNBC, CNN, NPR, 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, two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Ruben Salazar Lifetime Achievement Award. Hinojosa was the first Latina to anchor a PBS FRONTLINE report: “Lost in Detention” which aired in October 2011 and explored abuse at immigrant detention facilities, garnering attention from Capitol Hill as well as both the mainstream and Spanish-language media.

    Hinojosa has reported hundreds of important stories—from the restrictive immigration policies in Fremont, Nebraska, to the effects of the oil boom on Native people in North Dakota, to stories of poverty in Alabama. As a reporter for NPR, Hinojosa was among the first to report on youth violence in urban communities on a national scale. During her eight years as CNN’s urban affairs correspondent, Hinojosa often took viewers into communities rarely shown on television. Now at the Futuro Media Group, Hinojosa continues to bring attention to experiences and points of view that are often overlooked or underreported in mainstream media, all while mentoring the next generation of diverse journalists to delve into authentic and nuanced stories that impact their communities. 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, son, and daughter in Harlem, New York.

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  • Nadia Reiman

  • Nadia Reiman

    Senior Editor of Latino USA

    Nadia Reiman has been a radio producer since 2005 and is currently Latino USA’s Senior Editor. Before joining the Latino USA team, Nadia produced for StoryCorps for nearly a decade, and 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 worked as a translator. Nadia also has taught workshops on audio editing and judged for audio storytelling competitions. When she’s not story sleuthing or helping shape a moving piece of audio, Nadia writes about music for outlets like Remezcla and obsesses over her real baby and cat baby in Brooklyn.

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  • Marlon Bishop

  • Marlon Bishop

    Producer

    Marlon Bishop is a Peabody Award-winning radio producer and journalist with a focus on Latin America, immigration, identity and society, 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, Marlon spent several years writing for MTV Iggy, MTV”s portal for global music and pop culture. Marlon’s radio pieces and writing have appeared in NPRStudio 360The World, The FaderBillboard, and Fusion, among other outlets. In 2015 he won a Peabody Award for his investigative reporting on gang violence and migration in Honduras. Marlon is currently the Senior Producer of Latino USA, where he manages the production team in addition to working on long-form narrative pieces and investigative projects.

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  • Natalia Fidelholtz

    Natalia Fidelholtz

    Production Manager

    Natalia Fidelholtz holds a B.A. in Film Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from New York University. Before joining Latino USA, she was formerly at StoryCorps, where she focused on collecting and archiving diverse voices in the US. Prior to joining StoryCorps, she worked for Cinema Tropical doing Latin American film distribution, was Registrar at the Museum of the Moving Image, and she has done research and conducted workshops on ephemeral art preservation. In her spare time she is co-editing a book on Luis Buñuel. Natalia delights in the places where stories, visual media, words, and of course, people meet.

  • 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. She is the co-host of Mic.com’s podcast The Payoff. You can hear Antonia on Another RoundThe Dinner Party Download and as a guest host on Slate’s Represent. She has interpreted for This American Life and Love + Radio.

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  • Fernanda Echávarri

  • Fernanda Echávarri

    Producer

    Fernanda Echavarri is an award winning journalist working as an editor/producer for NPR’s Latino USA. Before joining the team she was a reporter at Arizona Public Media where she covered immigration, education and public affairs. Fernanda, a graduate of the University of Arizona School of Journalism, was born and raised in central Mexico. She started her career in journalism in 2008 working for newspapers in Southern Arizona. Fernanda received an RFK Human Rights Award in 2017, was a Peabody finalist and a national Edward R. Murrow Award winner in 2016. She has also been awarded a Rocky Mountain Emmy and a Dori J. Maynard Award from the American Society of News Editors. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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  • Julia Shu

  • Julia Shu

    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

  • Zakiya Gibbons

    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 Grammy-nominated 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. Later in 2017, she was nominated as Mastering Engineer along with Meyer-Media for Vladimir Horowitz: The Unreleased Live Recordings. 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.

  • Cornelius McMoyler

    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.

  • Noam Hassenfeld

  • Noam Hassenfeld

    Producer, ITT & Associate Producer, Latino USA

    Noam is the Producer of In The Thick and an Associate Producer at Latino USA. He graduated from Harvard with a degree in Comparative Religion and Music, focusing on the relationship between musical and religious innovation. Before joining Futuro, Noam worked as a video game composer, a film composer, and a third grade science teacher. He’s lived in New York for four years, but he’ll always be a die hard Red Sox fan.
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  • Julio Ricardo Varela

  • Julio Ricardo Varela

    Digital Media Director, Senior Digital Editor of LatinoUSA.org

    As Digital Media Director 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 a frequent contributor to the show and the editor of the show’s official site, LatinoUSA.org. He also co-hosts In The Thick with Maria Hinojosa. 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, ESPN, 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.

    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 the Digital Media Editor for the Futuro Media Group, which produces NPR’s Latino USA. She’s a Peruvian-American journalist (and a Los Angeles native!) covering topics from culture to entertainment and always looking for stories that affect the Latino community. With her experience in digital multimedia journalism, Janice has been in-front of the camera, written for various publications and has contributed on-air pieces for Latino USA. 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

  • Erika Dilday

    Erika Dilday

    Executive Director

    Tasked to shaping and guiding Futuro Media’s strategic vision and long-term sustainability, Erika Dilday brings over 20 years of experience in not-for-profit organizations specializing in local and national media companies.

    Prior to Futuro Media, Dilday was the Executive Director of Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem where she oversaw community cinema and education programs and produced the award-winning documentary, In Transit. She also held strategic planning and financial management roles at The New York Times, National Geographic Television and CBS. Dilday received a M.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a M.B.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She also holds an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from Harvard University. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and is a long-time Harlem resident. She is currently a fellow in the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program and a recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from Columbia Journalism School.

  • Anna Proffitt

    Anna Proffitt

    Institutional Giving Director

    Anna Proffitt is a fundraising specialist and grants manager with six 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. All of her development work continually uses the skills and knowledge gained from her previous experience in monitoring and evaluation. Born and raised in East Tennessee, she now lives in Brooklyn after a stint in Washington D.C.

  • Semele Turro

    Semele Turro

    Major Gifts Officer

    Semele is a proven development and nonprofit professional with seven years of experience working with large NGOs, community organizations and governments. She graduated from Queens University Belfast with an MSc in Sustainable Development and spent the subsequent years working for committed environmental NGOs. She’s excited to be back at a small nonprofit working for an award-winning, socially driven organization. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Semele spent nearly eight years living in between Belfast, London and Dublin – with a few stints in Philadelphia – before she repatriated back to the US in 2014. She recently published a Northern Irish to English Dictionary.

  • Valeria Martinez

    Valeria Martinez

    Development Assistant

    Valeria Martinez is a Mexican-American originally from the Bronx and raised mainly in Long Island.  While in college, she assisted in qualitative research concerning previously homeless emerging adults with histories of substance abuse and/or mental health disorders. She has always loved volunteering for nonprofits and as a New York Cares volunteer, she works with many diverse communities throughout the boroughs in providing warm meals, food pantry, and fresh produce to underserved communities in NYC. She is excited to be starting her non-profit career here at FMG as a development assistant. She graduated from St. John’s University in 2015 with Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

  • Ramya Soundararajan

    Ramya Soundararajan

    Finance & HR 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.

  • Zoe Malik

    Zoe Malik

    Executive Assistant to the President

    Originally from Pakistan, Zoe (Sadozai) Malik grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from the Macaulay Honors program at City College. She has previously worked as a Research Coordinator at the NYU School of Medicine, where she oversaw several studies on Smoking Cessation. She has also worked with immigrant communities through the NY Mayor’s Office connecting new immigrants to city services and at Kings County Hospital assisting in adolescent obesity management.

    In her spare time, she is an avid film buff and enjoys baking and painting. She has also participated in the Brooklyn Half Marathon for the last 3 years.

  • Leo Smith

    Leo Smith

    Office Coordinator

    Leo comes to us from Gramophone Media, where he worked as an office manager and administration assistant, providing administrative support to the executive team. He was the “glue” for the team at Gramophone, and did it all with a smile on his face! Prior to Gramophone, Leo was an intern at both Eagle Rock Entertainment and Megaforce Records. He has a certificate in audio production and engineering from the Institute of Audio Research.