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. He has written for The Daily Beast, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Hill, MSNBC, Politico, The Progressive, The Seattle Times, Slate and many other outlets. 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.

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  • Boris Epshteyn, a Former Trump Surrogate, Now Defends Him as a Sinclair TV Pundit

    Washington Post
    June 20, 2017

    TV station powerhouse Sinclair Broadcast Group raised a few eyebrows in April when it hired Boris Epshteyn as its chief political analyst. Epshteyn, after all, was a combative TV surrogate for President Trump during the presidential campaign and briefly was a Trump administration press aide, raising an obvious question: How independent would his political analysis be?

  • D.C. Welcomes News of Rosenworcel's Return to FCC

    Broadcasting & Cable
    June 15, 2017

    "We welcome Commissioner Rosenworcel's return to the FCC," said Free Press' Craig Aaron. "She is one of the most knowledgeable commissioners ever to serve at the agency."

  • The Internet's First Amendment: The New Fight for Net Neutrality

    NPR
    June 1, 2017

    Consumer advocates say FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's move to overturn Net Neutrality would largely leave the industry to police itself. How do we keep the internet open, free AND competitive?

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