Joseph Torres

Senior External Affairs Director

Joseph advocates in Washington to ensure that our nation’s media policies serve the public interest and builds coalitions to broaden the movement's base. Joseph writes frequently on media and Internet issues and is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media. He is the 2015 recipient of the Everett C. Parker Award, which recognizes an individual whose work embodies the principles and values of the public interest. Joseph also serves on the board of the Center for Media Justice and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers. Before joining Free Press, Joseph worked as deputy director of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and was a journalist for several years. He earned a degree in communications from the College of Staten Island. Follow him on Twitter @JosephATorres.


Recent Press Statements

  • Racial Justice Groups and Independent Producers Urge the FCC to Unlock the Box

    May 24, 2016

    WASHINGTON — A coalition of more than 30 organizations, including racial justice groups and independent content creators, filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission on Monday as part of the agency’s set-top box rulemaking.

  • Free Press Praises the FCC’s Prison-Phone Decision

    October 22, 2015
    WASHINGTON — On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted to reduce the exorbitant cost of prison-phone calls charged to incarcerated people and their families. Among other improvements, the ruling caps rates for local and in-state long-distance inmate calling and cuts by up to 50 percent the agency’s cap adopted in August 2013 on state-to-state long-distance calls.
  • Thirty House Members Call for Real Net Neutrality Protections on both the Wired and Wireless Internet

    February 4, 2015
    WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, 30 members of the House called on FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to reclassify broadband service under Title II of the Communications Act. In a letter submitted to Wheeler, they urged the agency to extend Title II protections to both wired and wireless Internet access. “This parity will best protect communities of color who disproportionately rely on mobile broadband,” the letter reads.

In the News

  • Media for All People

    February 9, 2016

    Reading News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media and chatting with co-author Joe Torres was an insightful experience. Joe is the senior external affairs director of Free Press, which fights for our right to connect and communicate. His role involves advocating in Washington, D.C, “to ensure that our nation’s media policies serve the public interest.” It is inspiring to meet leaders like Joe, who believe in the same things I do.

  • This Is Why the FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules Could Disempower Communities of Color

    April 29, 2014

    Black and Latino Net Neutrality advocates say it will be much harder, and maybe even impossible, to catapult stories like Trayvon Martin’s to a national level if new FCC 'fast lane' rules are implemented.

  • Telecom Giants Paid Millions to 'Honor' Minority Lawmakers Before the Merger

    Huffington Post
    February 28, 2014

    Comcast and Time Warner Cable are heading into the lobbying stage of their proposed merger with a strong hand. They boast large teams of lobbyists, a history of massive campaign contributions to members of both political parties and close ties to the White House. Over the last several years, the two telecom giants have also contributed millions of dollars to "honor" members of Congress and congressional caucuses. The biggest recipients of this money have been nonprofits linked to minority lawmakers, traditionally some of the most progressive members of Congress.

People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good