Craig Aaron

President and CEO

Craig has led Free Press and the Free Press Action Fund since 2011. For more than a decade, he has been a leader in major campaigns to safeguard Net Neutrality, stop media mergers and consolidation, oppose unchecked surveillance, defend public media and sustain quality journalism. He works in Washington and speaks often to the press and the public on media and technology issues. 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.


  • The Net Neutrality Verdict Is In: We Won!

    June 14, 2016
    Today a panel of judges ruled in favor of the FCC's Net Neutrality rules — agreeing with the overwhelming majority of internet users that this agency can and must protect everyone's rights to connect and communicate.
  • Happy Net Neutrali-versary!

    February 26, 2016
    One year ago, I witnessed something that may never be seen again inside the windowless hearing room at the Federal Communications Commission: multiple standing ovations.
  • 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.

Recent Press Statements

  • Free Press: Court Win Gives FCC the Power to Protect Net Neutrality

    June 14, 2016
    WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected an industry challenge and upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order in all respects, stating that the agency exercised its proper authority when it reclassified broadband internet access as a telecom service under Title II of the Communications Act.
  • 17 Organizations Release 2016 Internet Policy Platform

    June 13, 2016
    WASHINGTON — On Monday, 17 public interest organizations released the 2016 Internet Policy Platform, which features specific policy proposals to advance free speech, access, choice, privacy, transparency and openness.
  • FCC Approves Merger to Create Price-Gouging Cable Giant

    May 6, 2016
    WASHINGTON — According to several news reports, the Federal Communications Commission has voted to approve Charter Communications’ $90 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

In the News

People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good