Julio Ricardo Varela

As Editorial Director for Futuro Media from 2021-2022, Julio (Julito) Ricardo Varela was responsible for the overall editorial vision and voice of Latino USA, Latino Rebels and In The Thick. As Vice President of New Business Development for Futuro Studios, he also heded up the division’s new business initiatives, which have received industry accolades and have positioned Futuro as an innovator in the audio journalism space.

In 2011, Julio founded Latino Rebels, one of the top U.S. Latino digital media sites in the world. In 2018, LR officially joined the Futuro Media family. He also co-hosts In The Thick with Maria Hinojosa. He was a frequent contributor to Latino USA, and as Digital Director for Futuro from 2015–2020, Julio expanded the show’s digital footprint, overseeing historic gains in online and social audiences.