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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  • Miguel Macias

  • Miguel Macias

    Managing Editor

    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.

  • Sophia Paliza-Carre

  • Sophia Paliza-Carre

    Senior Editor

    Sophia Paliza-Carre is a Senior Editor at Latino USA. She’s based in Brooklyn, NY.

    As an editor at Latino USA, she has worked on stories from the impact of immigration policy on unaccompanied minors, to the exponential growth of the warehousing industry, to the cultural impact of Dora the Explorer.

    In the past, she’s worked as a producer, reporter, and freelance editor in long-form narrative—at various outlets including WNYC, The Moth, WNIN’s “¿Qué Pasa Midwest?,” and AIR Media’s “Localore” initiative. Stories that she has worked on have appeared on All Things Considered, Code Switch, The United States of Anxiety, New Tech City, BRIC Radio, and The Indicator. Past narrative series she has worked on, have received the Alfred I. duPont Award, and a 1st place AP award for “Best News Series.”

    She has taught at Columbia University’s J-School and has spoken at PRX’s Podcast Garage, UnionDocs, NYU’s J-School, and The New School. She grew up in the Midwest and her food of choice will always be popcorn (savory only).

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  • Luis Trelles

    Luis Trelles

    Senior Editor

    Based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Luis is currently a Senior Editor with Latino USA.  He was previously an editor and producer with Radio Ambulante, where he reported on and told stories from Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, among other places.  His reporting has been featured in NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Up First.  His work has also appeared in Radiolab, Planet Money and Reply All.  In 2018 Luis was selected as a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow.  His book on artisanal, clandestine rummakers in Puerto Rico, “Metiendo Caña”, was published in Spanish in 2016.

  • Natalia Fidelholtz

    Natalia Fidelholtz

    Director of Programming and Operations, Futuro Media Group

    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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  • Janice Llamoca

  • Janice Llamoca

    Producer

    Janice Llamoca is an award-winning journalist and producer at NPR’s Latino USA. She began her career as an entertainment digital journalist and over the past five years, Janice has shifted her focus to audio sharing narratives about communities of color. During her time as a radio producer, she has done stories about history, language access, and culture, and humanizes her stories with compelling voices. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, NPR’s Code Switch, LA Weekly, Remezcla and more.
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  • Julia Caruso

    Julia Caruso

    Audio Engineer

    Julia Caruso got her start in radio as a broadcast engineer for CBS Radio. Prior to working at Futuro Media, she was the Studio Manager for the Music Technology program at New York University overseeing the recording studios and mentoring students. She is an active member of the Audio Engineering Society and has been on the convention committee for their annual international convention in NYC for several years. She holds a bachelor degree in Music Technology and a masters degree in Food Studies, both from NYU. Learning about culture through food and music is a passion of hers.

  • 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.

  • Alissa Escarce

    Alissa Escarce

    Associate Producer

    Alissa Escarce is an associate producer at Latino USA. Her reporting has aired on NPR’s Morning Edition and Planet Money among other outlets, and she was previously a producer at NPR’s Life Kit. She has reported and produced stories on everything from Venezuelan currency traders, to an unsolved arson case in California, to how to maintain friendships as an adult. She is a 2019 UC Berkeley-11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellow, and studied investigative journalism as a Stabile Fellow at Columbia Journalism School.

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  • Julieta Martinelli

  • Julieta Martinelli

    Producer

    Julieta Martinelli is an award-winning investigative reporter and currently a producer at Futuro Studios. As a Soros Justice Media Fellow, she spent 2019 documenting the human repercussions of changing legal policies along the U.S.-Mexico border. She previously covered the criminal justice system, policing and immigration for Nashville Public Radio.

    Her stories about immigrant youth, life in prison — and what happens after — have aired nationally on NPR programs including “Here and Now”, “Morning Edition,” ”All Things Considered” and “Weekend Edition”. She’s been invited to discuss her reporting on WBEZ Chicago’s “Morning Shift”, WAMU’s “1A” and NPR’s “Up First” podcast.

    Martinelli previously wrote for CBS-46 in Atlanta, Gwinnett Daily Post, and Atlanta Latino Newspaper. Once upon a time, she made a living off writing press kits for indie artists and throwing parties in Atlanta…and in her headphones is still always secretly blasting hip-hop and reggaeton.

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  • Alejandra Salazar

    Alejandra Salazar

    Associate Producer

    Alejandra Salazar is an associate producer at Latino USA. She is a multimedia journalist from San Antonio, Texas and previously worked as a radio producer at WNYC, where she contributed to the station’s daily flagship shows Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Her reporting on arts, culture, and politics has appeared on NPR, The San Francisco ChronicleThe Dallas Morning News, and Refinery29, and she also worked as an advocacy fellow with the National Hispanic Media Coalition. She got her start in radio at her college station at Stanford University.

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  • Julio Ricardo Varela

  • Julio Ricardo Varela

    Senior Digital Editor of LatinoUSA.org

    Julio (Julito) Ricardo Varela works with the Latino USA team to promote the show’s episodes and expand its digital 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. In 2017, Latino Rebels official joined the Futuro Media family. 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, the Washington Post, NBC News, 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 the author of “Chula.” Previously, she co-founded and edited La Galería Magazine. 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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  • Juan Diego Ramirez

    Juan Diego Ramirez

    Production Assistant

    Juan Diego Ramirez is Futuro Studios and Latino USA’s Production Assistant at-large. He is a multimedia producer and journalist based in New York. He co-produces and co-hosts Racist Sandwich, a James Beard Foundation nominated podcast on food, class, race, and gender across the globe. As an undocumented immigrant for over 20 years, Juan Diego decided to focus his works on communities that reflect him. When he was granted DACA he was able to intern for Oregon Public Broadcasting as a production assistant for OPB’s State of Wonder and OPB’s Weekend Edition. He attends Baruch College where he is working towards a journalism degree. Juan Diego is an avid skateboarder and political junky. You can find some of Juan Diego’s work on Latino Rebels.

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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.

     

  • Stacy Parker LeMelle

  • Stacy Parker LeMelle

    Senior Development Manager

    Stacy Parker LeMelle is an author, teacher, and non-profit administrator who previously served as communications director and workshop director for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. She served as primary contributor to Voices from the Storm: the People of New Orleans on Hurricane Katrina and Its Aftermath and created The Katrina Experience: an Oral History Project. She founded Harlem Against Violence, Homophobia, and Transphobia and co-founded and curates Harlem’s First Person Plural Reading Series. She previously served in the Clinton West Wing as both an aide and advance person.

  • 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.

  • 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.