Jose Antonio Vargas

Founder and CEO, Define American; Journalist; Filmmaker

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and voice for the human rights of immigrants. He is founder and CEO of Define American, a media and culture nonprofit fighting injustice and anti-immigrant hate through storytelling. Vargas produced and directed the 2013 documentary feature film, Documented, about his own undocumented experience, which he had first written about in the New York Times Magazine in 2011 and then in a TIME magazine cover story. He produced and directed White People, an Emmy-nominated MTV special about being young and white in contemporary America. An advisory board member of TheDream.US, Vargas’s memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, will be published fall 2018.

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