Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, filmmaker, and media entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Define American, a nonprofit media advocacy organization that uses storytelling to humanize the conversation around immigration, citizenship, and identity in America. He also established #EmergingUS, Define American’s for-profit media production arm, and the first media property ever to be owned by an undocumented immigrant. As a creator and curator of stories, he produces the annual Define American Film Festival, a traveling event that showcases films and panels focused on America’s changing demographics.
In June 2011, the New York Times Magazine published Vargas’s groundbreaking essay in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant. He then produced and directed Documented, a documentary feature on his undocumented experience. It was broadcast on CNN in 2014 and received a 2015 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary.