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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    Daisy Rosario

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    Senior Producer

    In addition to overseeing Latino USA, Daisy reports on health, science, issues of race and identity as well as “geek culture,” and much more. She also acts as a guest host, filling in for anchor Maria Hinojosa. In addition, Daisy hosts a digital series called Future Present for the millennial news site Mic.comThe show explores overlooked health issues by featuring new technologies meant to address those issues.

    In her spare time, Daisy is co-host and co-creator of the popular podcast Serially Obsessed, where she and some friends break down each episode of the podcast Serial

    Prior to Latino USA, Daisy had an internship at Radiolab and in the newsroom at WNYC. Her story “Child of Trouble” was featured in the Peabody-Award winning season of The Moth Radio Hour.

    Daisy was recently named a 2015 USC Annenberg Health Reporting Fellow. She holds a master’s degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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    Leda Hartman

  • Leda Hartman

    Senior Editor

    Before coming to Latino USA, Leda Hartman worked as an editor at two nationally broadcast public radio global affairs programs, Latitudes and the World Vision Report. She has also been a contributing reporter to many other national programs. Leda has received more than a dozen national and regional awards, most recently the Mimi Award for exceptional editing from the Ochberg Society for Trauma Journalism. Leda considers herself a “Jewyorican,” growing up in New York as the daughter of a Jewish father and a Puerto Rican mother. She feels most Latina when she’s dancing or running late. But it was her father, not her mother, who danced and ran late, and that taught her to always question stereotypes.

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    Marlon Bishop

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    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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    Fernanda Echávarri

  • Fernanda Echávarri


    Fernanda Echávarri is a producer at Latino USA. For the last four years she was a multimedia producer at Arizona Public Media where she covered immigration, and public affairs for radio, TV and digital. Fernanda, a graduate of the University of Arizona School of Journalism, won a Rocky Mountain Emmy in 2014 and as part of a team of reporters at AZPM, she also received an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2013. Fernanda was born and raised in central Mexico and started her career in journalism working for two newspapers in Southern Arizona.

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    Michael Simon Johnson

  • Michael Simon Johnson

    Associate Producer & Engineer

    Michael Simon Johnson is a radio producer and audio engineer based in New York. A Pittsburgh native, he graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Sound Design. As a producer, he covers criminal justice and is currently a 2014/2015 John Jay Juvenile Justice Reporting Fellow.

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    Julia Shu

  • Julia Shu

    Production Assistant

    ​Julia Shu is a freelance producer and reporter in NYC. A graduate of NYU and UC Berkeley, she has interned in WNYC’s newsroom and worked at On the Media and Metro US. She’s also written for The Grist and authored a chapter on George Takei for Asian Americans Advancing Justice. 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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    Nadia Reiman

  • Nadia Reiman

    Music Editor

    Nadia Reiman has been a radio producer since 2005. Before joining the Latino USA team, Nadia produced for StoryCorps for almost five years. 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 Record editing 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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    Cornelius McMoyler

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    Cornelius McMoyler


    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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    Julio Ricardo Varela

  • Julio Ricardo Varela

    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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Our Administrative Team

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    Marea Chaveco

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    Marea Chaveco

    Executive Director

    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.

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    Jennifer Argueta

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    Jennifer Argueta

    Development Director

    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.

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    Annette Nielsen

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    Annette Nielsen

    Deputy Director of Development

    Annette Nielsen has worked as a communications and fundraising professional — serving in leadership positions for former U.S. Senators Moynihan and Kennedy, the Port Authority of NY & NJ and the NYC mayoral race of Richard Ravitch. She’s written extensively about sustainability and food security issues while coordinating many agritourism and farm-to-fork events. She received her BA in Fine Arts from Colgate University and MA in writing from Johns Hopkins University. Annette is thrilled to be back in New York, her favorite city. She’s married to Dan Garfinkel and they have one child, Elias Garfinkel, a sophomore at City College.

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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.