Jose Antonio Vargas
Jose Antonio Vargas is the founder of Define American, a new campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration. He is also an award-winning multimedia journalist. Most recently, he was a senior contributing editor at the Huffington Post, where he launched the Technology and College sections. Prior to that, he covered tech and video game culture, HIV/AIDS, and the 2008 presidential campaign for the Washington Post, and was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for covering the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech. His 2006 series on HIV/AIDS in Washington, D.C. inspired a feature-length documentary -- The Other City -- which he co-produced and wrote. It world premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and aired on Showtime. Granted "nearly unprecented access," he wrote an intimate profile of Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, which was published in The New Yorker last year.
News media's evolution, and the breakdown of barriers between print and broadcast journalism, has guided his nearly 13-year reporting career. He's written for daily newspapers (Philadelphia Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle) and national magazines (Rolling Stone, The Hollywood Reporter) and has appeared on CNN,ABC News and PBS NewsHour. On HuffPost, he created the blog Technology as Anthropology, which focuses on tech's impact on people and how we behave.
He taught a class on "Storytelling 2.0" at Georgetown University and serves on the advisory board for the Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism, housed atAmerican University. A very proud alumnus of Mountain View High School ('00) andSan Francisco State University ('04), he loves jazz, can't get enough of Ben & Jerry's and worships at the altars of Altman, Almodovar, Didion, Baldwin and Orwell.
He lives in New York City.