Craig Aaron

President and CEO

Craig took the leadership of Free Press and the Free Press Action Fund in April 2011. He joined Free Press in 2004 and speaks across the country on media, Internet and journalism issues. Craig is a frequent guest on talk radio and is quoted often in the national press. His commentaries also appear regularly in the Guardian and the Huffington Post. 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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In the News

  • Watchdog Groups Take Aim at Comcast Before Hearing

    Philadelphia Inquirer
    April 11, 2014

    Comcast's critics launched broadsides before the Senate Judiciary committee hearing on the company's merger even began.

  • FCC Puts Kibosh on New JSA Deals

    March 31, 2014

    The new rule bans new joint sales agreements in which one station sells 15 percent or more of the advertising time of another separately owned station in the same market. In addition, most existing JSAs will expire within two years unless the commission grants an exemption.

  • Under Pressure, FCC Stops Asking Questions About Media Diversity

    March 14, 2014

    Late last month, the FCC announced the end of its “Critical Information Needs” (CIN) pilot study. The study, which was supposed to have been field-tested in “ethnically diverse” Columbia, S.C., was going to explore whether local news outlets were meeting the information needs of their communities—in particular, people of color and women. The CIN instead met a “quiet” end as FCC watchers described it, following a raucous blitz.

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