Julio (Julito) Ricardo Varela, Digital Media Director, Futuro Media
As Digital Media Director for Futuro Media, Julio (Julito) Ricardo Varela heads up all the digital of the company’s award-winning independent journalism properties. He is the founder of LatinoRebels.com, one of the top U.S. Latino media sites in the world, now part of Futuro Media since 2017. He is a frequent contributor to Latino USA (also a Futuro property) and is editor of the show’s official site, LatinoUSA.org. He also co-hosts Futuro’s Media In The Thick political podcast with Maria Hinojosa, who founded Futuro in 2010. Previously, Julio was digital producer for Al Jazeera America’s “The Stream.” His work and reporting have been featured in many prominent outlets, including The Washington Post, NBC News, NPR, The Guardian, ESPN, The New York Times, The Associated Press, Quartz, Le Monde, CBS News, MSNBC, Fox News, WGBH, WNYC, WAMU, Univision and Telemundo. He has made numerous national TV and radio appearances for Latino Rebels and Futuro Media.
In 2015, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists honored Julio with its inaugural DALE (pronounced like Pitbull would say it) Award, given to “given to an individual or company that steps up and goes above and beyond to ensure Latinos are fairly and accurately represented.” A native of Puerto Rico, Julio spent his childhood between San Juan and the Bronx. He was also a contributing reporter at The Boston Globe. Julio graduated cum laude from Harvard College.