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Craig has led Free Press and Free Press Action since 2011. For more than 15 years, he has been a leader in major campaigns at Free Press to safeguard Net Neutrality, stop media consolidation, oppose unchecked surveillance, defend public media and sustain quality journalism. He works in Washington and speaks often to policymakers on media and technology issues. He has written for The Daily Beast, The Guardian, HuffPost, MSNBC, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Politico, The Progressive, The Seattle Times, Slate and many other outlets. Craig was a 2018–19 yearlong fellow at the Rockwood Leadership Institute and sits on the advisory board of the Media, Inequality and Change Center. 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.

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  • Explainer
    Free & Open Internet
    Future of Journalism
    Media Control
    Surveillance and Privacy

    Meet the New Co-CEO of Free Press

    January 15, 2020

    I’m beyond excited to share this news with all of you today: Jessica J. González is now the co-CEO of Free Press and Free Press Action!

  • Explainer
    Free & Open Internet
    Internet Access
    Net Neutrality
    Media Control
    Diversity in Media Ownership

    Michael Copps Put the 'Public' in Public Servant

    September 28, 2018

    Free Press director Craig Aaron reflects on the legacy of former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps.

  • Explainer
    Media Consolidation

    It's Official: The Sinclair Deal Is Toast

    August 9, 2018

    From the start Free Press sounded the alarm over a merger that would have forced Sinclair’s noxious newscasts into more than 70 percent of U.S. homes.


  • Mention
    Future of Journalism

    Public Investments for Global News

    October 28, 2019

    Commercial journalism is failing in many countries around the world, with cost-cutting measures depriving news operations of the resources they need to survive.

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