Craig Aaron

President and CEO

Craig has led Free Press and the Free Press Action Fund since 2011. He joined Free Press in 2004 and speaks across the country about media activism and the future of journalism and the Internet. Craig is quoted often in the national press on media and technology issues and is a frequent guest on TV and the radio. His commentaries appear regularly in The Huffington Post, and he has written for The Daily Beast, The Guardian, The Hill, MSNBC, Politico, The Progressive, The Seattle Times, Slate and many others. Before joining Free Press, he was an investigative reporter for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch and the managing editor of In These Times magazine. He is the editor of two books, Appeal to Reason: 25 Years of In These Times and Changing Media: Public Interest Policies for the Digital Age. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Follow him on Twitter @notaaroncraig.


  • We Stand with #BlackLivesMatter

    August 14, 2015
    We support the activists putting themselves on the line to respond to this emergency and build this historic movement. You should too.
  • The Year of the Internet Voter

    June 17, 2015
    In the 1996 election it was the soccer mom. In 2004 it was the NASCAR dad. Could 2016 be the year of the Internet voter?
  • Net Neutrality Victory

    February 26, 2015
    This morning the FCC voted to protect real Net Neutrality — marking the biggest victory for the public interest in the agency’s history. That’s right. We won.

Recent Press Statements

  • Free Press Mourns Everett C. Parker

    September 17, 2015
    WASHINGTON — The Rev. Dr. Everett C. Parker, the founder of the Office of Communication, Inc., at the United Church of Christ, died on Thursday morning at the age of 102.
  • Historic Win for Internet Users

    February 26, 2015
    WASHINGTON — On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission will vote to reclassify high-speed Internet access service under Title II of the Communications Act. These rules will prohibit Internet service providers from blocking or throttling Internet content and ban paid-prioritization schemes that could create Internet slow lanes.
  • FCC Chairman Reportedly Moving Forward with Real Net Neutrality Protections

    February 2, 2015
    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler plans to put forth an Open Internet Order that includes reclassification of broadband access as a “telecommunications service” under Title II of the Communications Act, according to news reports on Monday.

In the News

  • Protest Marks End of Comment Period on Net Neutrality

    Al Jazeera
    September 15, 2014

    Scores of protesters calling for strong Net Neutrality rules gathered in New York to voice opposition to plans to divide the Web into a two-tier system under which providers could charge online services for access to fast lanes.

  • Net Neutrality Advocates Organize Symbolic Slowdown to Protest FCC's Fast-Lane Proposal

    September 5, 2014

    Advocacy groups hope to once again enlist content companies in a policy battle -- this time over Net Neutrality. On Sept. 10, a host of Web sites, social networks and others will ask visitors to support net neutrality principles. Free Press, which is publicizing the protests, says that participating sites will display icons that “symbolize” a slower Web, but that the sites will load at the same speeds as always.

  • Senate Leader Harry Reid Gives FCC Political Cover in Net Neutrality Battle

    July 30, 2014

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has given the FCC a much-needed political boost as the agency decides whether to move toward a more robust Open Internet policy favored by many Net Neutrality advocates.

People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good