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.


Recent Press Statements

In the News

  • Groups to Deliver Petitions to Congress Supporting CPB Funding

    March 21, 2017

    Petitions with more than 660,000 signatures to save CPB funding will be presented to Congress Tuesday morning after a rally for parents and kids near the Capitol.
    The event is sponsored by five advocacy organizations, including the progressive hub, media reformer Free Press and ParentsTogether Action.

  • Windfall Could Transform New Jersey Media

    Philadelphia Inquirer
    March 20, 2017

    New Jersey auctioned off a public treasure — several of its public-TV stations — for possibly hundreds of millions of dollars, with little public debate or any idea of what the governor plans to do with the money. But it's not too late to seize this moment and use this money to transform New Jersey into the national leader in digital public media, local journalism and civic technology.

  • Trump's Plan to Eliminate Public Broadcasting Would Hurt Listeners in Trump Country

    The Nation
    March 17, 2017

    Stations that serve rural areas neglected by corporate media would lose their funding.

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