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 25th 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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  • Marlon Bishop

  • Marlon Bishop

    Senior Editor

    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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  • Miguel Macias

  • Miguel Macias

    Senior Producer

    Miguel Macias is a radio and video producer based in Brooklyn, New York. Currently, Miguel is the Senior Producer of Latino USA.

    Miguel has worked as an associate professor and deputy chair for graduate studies in the Department of Television and Radio at Brooklyn College. Prior to that, Miguel worked as the Los Angeles Bureau Chief for Youth Radio; for American Public Media’s as an associate producer and director for the Marketplace Morning Report; and at New York Public Radio WNYC’s Radio Rookies as an associate producer.

    Miguel is also proud to have worked as a volunteer for the NGO MADRE. As such, he has trained indigenous radio reporters in Peru, instructed video editing to teenagers in Colombia, and taught radio production to activists in Nicaragua.

    Miguel received a Peabody Award in 2006 as the associate producer for WNYC Radio Rookies’ Mosholu series.

    Originally from Seville, Spain, Miguel moved to the U.S. in 2001 and earned an M.F.A. in Television Production from Brooklyn College.

  • Natalia Fidelholtz

    Natalia Fidelholtz

    Senior 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.

  • Sophia Paliza-Carre

  • Sophia Paliza-Carre

    Editor, Latino USA

    Sophia Paliza-Carre is an editor at Latino USA.

    She has previously worked as a radio producer at WNYC, where she worked for Radio Rookies, a team that works with young people to tell their stories. She has also reported on gentrification and housing issues, and helped to create WNYC’s award-winning news series: “The Affordability Project.” Previous to that, she produced at storytelling nonprofit The Moth and created a public-art storytelling project in Arizona, as part of a national radio initiative called Localore. She holds a B.A. in history from Stanford University.

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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. 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 Echavarri

  • Fernanda Echavarri

    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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  • Maggie Freleng

  • Maggie Freleng

    Producer At-Large

    Maggie is a public radio producer and reporter and she is Latino USA’s Producer at-Large. She is an NPR Next Generation Radio fellow and a former producer at WNYC and of The Guardian’s What Would a Feminist Do with Jessica ValentiHer work has been featured on WNYC, NBC New York, WHYY, WHYY’s The Pulse, Popular Science, Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, and Voices of New York. She was the New York blog correspondent for Stop Street Harassment, Women’s eNews and was a production assistant at WAM! (Women, Action, and the Media). Maggie enjoys covering mental health, gender/sexuality and social justice.

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  • Janice Llamoca

  • Janice Llamoca

    Associate Producer

    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, behind the mic and written for various publications. When she’s not a superhero fighting to break stereotypes, Janice likes to travel to Game of Thrones filming sites.

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  • Sayre Quevedo

  • Sayre Quevedo

    Associate Producer

    Sayre Quevedo is a multimedia artist and journalist based in New York City but grew up in the Bay Area. His work has been written about on Remezcla, We Are Mitú, and TeleSUR, among others. He has reported for National Public Radio and Marketplace.

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  • Stephanie Lebow

    Stephanie Lebow

    Senior Engineer

    Stephanie Lebow is a Peabody award-winning audio engineer for her work on Afropop Worldwide. She found her passion for radio at Indie 103.1 FM in LA, as an audio engineer, producer, and on-air personality. She got her start at WFNX, WERS, and WBOS in Boston.

    She has mixed and produced music in a multitude of genres from jazz to pop, and received an independent music award for her work. She has also mixed and done sound sweetening for indie films and documentary series such as America By The Numbers and Miss Sharon Jones!

    She graduated from Emerson College with a major in Audio Production and a minor in Broadcast Journalism. When she’s not using ProTools to build radio shows, she uses it as an instrument in her own electronic/indie project Stef Lebaux.

  • 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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  • Amanda Alcantara

  • Amanda Alcantara

    Digital Media Editor

    Amanda Alcantara is a writer and journalist. She is Co-Founder and Editor of La Galería Magazine and author of the blog Radical Latina. Her work centers on various themes including Caribbean culture, womanhood, borders and blackness. Her work on feminism, identity, and other topics related to Latinidad has been published on Latino USA, Remezcla, Latino Voices and Black Voices on The Huffington Post, The Washington Post’s The Lily, BESE, and recently on The San Francisco Chronicle. In May of 2017, Amanda obtained a Master of Arts from NYU in Latin American and Caribbean Studies where her thesis focused on the experience of women residing on the border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti—she travelled to Dajabón and Ouanaminthe and interviewed 22 women to complete the project. In 2018, her speech AfroLatinidad and Redefining Resilience in the Latinx Community was published on the anthology Latinas: Struggles & Protests in 21st Century USA, published by Red Sugarcane Press. She has a BA from Rutgers University. A map of the world turned upside down hangs on her wall.

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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.

  • Jared G. Lilly

    Jared G. Lilly

    Deputy Director, Development

    A graduate of Wake Forest University and New York University’s M.A. program in Performing Arts Administration, Jared G. Lilly is an accomplished fundraiser with a wide range of experience in the nonprofit administration. He has worked with the Metropolitan Opera’s Patron and Individual Giving department, and served as the Director of Development for two seasons with the Berkshire Opera Festival, a summer opera festival located in Great Barrington, MA. Prior to joining Futuro, Lilly led the management consulting arm of IJ Group International, a boutique consulting and producing firm focused on nonprofit board development and governance, strategic planning, and special events.

    Currently, Lilly sits on the Wake Forest University College Board of Visitors and is the President of the WAKENewYork Community, and is a classically-trained vocalist and pianist with a degree in music performance.

     

  • Yolanda Moore

    Yolanda Moore

    Business Manager

    Yolanda comes to Futuro Media with over 15 years of nonprofit administration and management experience. She received her Master’s Degree in International Affairs with a focus on Human Rights and Governance from The New School in New York City. She has a passion for women’s rights issues and completed two practicum programs aimed at combating institutions of gender bias within communities. The first focused on developing a WASH oriented Girls’ School Retention pilot program in Tembaro, Ethiopia, with WEEMA International, whereas the second was a skills development communications initiative in India with UN Women. In her spare time, she volunteers and does consulting work. She enjoys traveling, karaoke, cooking and just being with her friends and family.

  • Pamela Padilla

    Pamela Padilla

    Development Assistant

    Pamela Padilla is a Peruvian-American with a passion for honest and inclusive narratives. While in college, she participated in the CCNY-Stanford Exchange to study the representation of Muslim migrants in medieval Iberian manuscripts. She graduated from The City College of New York in 2016 with Bachelor’s degrees in English and Art History. She is excited to be starting her nonprofit career here at The Futuro Media Group as a development assistant.

  • Megan Wrappe

    Megan Wrappe

    Development Assistant

    Megan comes to Futuro Media with a background in journalism and nonprofit experience. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She has written for several newsrooms, including LittleThings.com, and was a social media intern at Business Insider. She has a passion for helping people and proudly worked on The Grace Children’s Foundation’s “Children’s Resource Exchange Center” project as their social media coordinator. In her spare time, Megan is a theatre critic in New York City, where she reviews Off Broadway and Broadway shows. And when she’s not at a show, she enjoys football Saturdays rooting for Notre Dame, following UNC basketball, and serving as Appalachian State University’s NYC alumni chapter president.

  • Luis Luna

    Luis Luna

    Office Coordinator

    Luis Luna joins Futuro Media Group after working in the Theatrical Department at GKIDS. He has also worked on the programming teams at various film festivals, including Hamptons International Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, and others. He received a dual B.A. in Film Studies and English from Hunter College. Born and raised in Jackson Heights, his favorite things include queer cinema, world travel, dancing to Rihanna, and a good cemita.

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