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.

Blogs

Recent Press Statements

  • Free Press Moves to Stop Disastrous Sinclair-Tribune Mega-Merger

    August 7, 2017
    WASHINGTON — On Monday, Free Press filed a formal challenge at the Federal Communications Commission to the proposed merger of Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media Company. The petition to deny seeks to halt the transfer of broadcast licenses that would give Sinclair control of more than 233 local TV stations reaching 72 percent of the country’s population, far in excess of congressional and FCC limits on national and local media ownership.
  • Trump's FCC Advances Scheme to Gut Open-Internet Protections and End Net Neutrality

    May 18, 2017
    WASHINGTON — On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines to begin a rulemaking process in order to jettison Title II protections and once again place broadband-access providers under Title I of the Communications Act — a move that would undermine the sound and successful basis for the FCC’s landmark 2015 Open Internet Order.
  • Massive Public Outcry Meets Trump FCC Plan to Undermine Open-Internet Protections

    May 18, 2017
    WASHINGTON — On Thursday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai launched a proceeding designed to undermine open-internet protections and take away the online rights of internet users.

In the News

  • Sinclair's Local TV Takeover.

    NPR
    August 16, 2017

    The fiery conservative Sinclair Broadcast Group is taking over local TV all over the country. The FCC just gave it a bigger green light.

  • Why the Looming Sale of PHL17 Is a Threat to Democracy

    Philadelphia Inquirer
    August 15, 2017

    If a planned sale of the station — along with dozens of other TV outlets from coast to coast — to the Sinclair Broadcast Group wins approval from federal regulators, PHL17 may become the go-to place on your local remote for pro-Trump curveballs from the “Terrorism Alert Desk” and a blast of commentaries supporting President Trump during the run-up to the 2020 election.

  • Free Press' Craig Aaron on the Sinclair Takeover

    FAIR
    August 14, 2017

    The Sinclair Broadcast Group‘s bid to take over Tribune Media would create a behemoth controlling TV stations reaching 72 percent of the country’s households. This might be the preeminent reason to oppose the deal, but it isn’t the only one. We’ll talk through the problems with Craig Aaron, president and CEO of Free Press.

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