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Vanessa Maria leads the News Voices project, which connects local communities and the newsrooms that serve them via public engagement, advocacy campaigns and collaborative projects. She also co-produces Free Press’ weekly public-affairs program, Free Press Live, and is a member of the Puerto Rico telecommunications-policy team. Vanessa Maria is a Philly-based community organizer, educator and multimedia producer whose journey in media justice started as part of the movement to expand community radio. As the community radio director at the Prometheus Radio Project, she worked to pass the Local Community Radio Act, helped build dozens of Low Power FM radio stations across the United States and worked to promote Net Neutrality. She co-founded PhillyCAM’s community-radio station, WPPM-LP FM, where she served as the station manager prior to joining Free Press. Vanessa Maria serves on the board of directors of her local chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and is an adjunct professor at Stockton University in the communications department.

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