Our Founder

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Juleyka Lantigua-Williams

FOUNDER/CEO

In 2017, Juleyka founded a production company, Lantigua Williams & Co., after 18+ years in media (NPR, The Atlantic, Random House). Its mission is to support and amplify the work of creators of color in digital audio and film.

Currently an associate producer on ``Sol de agosto (August Sun),`` a short film that was shortlisted for the BAFTA Student Awards and is an official selection at the 2018 Palm Springs International ShortFest, the company is also a producer on the pilot for ``Barry & Joe: The Animated Series,`` an adult time-travel adventure in which President Obama and VP Biden travel back in time to save the world. Within months of launching, Lantigua-Williams & Co. was awarded a grant from the MacArthur Foundation to create a podcast (“70 Million) to chronicle criminal justice reform from the ground up around the country. Juleyka’s work as a multimedia journalist reached tens millions of people and appeared in The Houston Chronicle,The Miami Herald, The Chicago Tribune, and the L.A. Times, among dozens of national and local papers, and publications like JET, The Progressive, and Nieman Reports. Juleyka earned a masters in print journalism from Boston University and an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College. A Fulbright Scholar (Spain) and John Jay/Tow 2016 Criminal Justice Reporting Fellow, she volunteers as the communications director for TEDxFulbright. Lantigua-Williams has made inclusion a central theme in her life’s work, while endeavoring to fully understand her own experiences as a hyphenated American.

Press Assets

Events

Delivered Sound of Education 2018 closing keynote, ``In Podlandia, Citizenship Calls for Intentionality.`` Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA.

Presented, ``Podcasting: Finally a True Media Democracy?`` at 2018 Podcast Movement, Philadelphia, PA

This talk was designed as a moment to reflect on what we’ve learned about podcasting and how to best apply this knowledge and our existing skills towards building this new planet called Podlandia.

Vocal Participant in the invite-only ``Power Shift Summit`` at Newseum. Washington D.C.

Created and led ``Be The Hero of Your Podcast Journey,`` an introductory workshop at the Podcast Garage, Boston MA

Selected for Air Media's 2017 Winter ``Full Spectrum Story Intensive,`` a one-week immersive radio production workshop. Brooklyn, NY

Delivered keynote address, ``Your Hero's Journey in Podcasting`` at PRX's 2017 Story Sprint. Kansas City, MO.

Journalism/Editing/Writing

Edited and Produced NPR’s Code Switch Podcast

Consulted on show and podcast episodes for NPR’s Planet Money, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Alt Latino.

The Atlantic, Staff Writer

Next America, National Journal, Managing Editor

Jet Magazine, Senior Writer

The Progressive Media Project, Syndicated Columnist

Nieman Reports, Harvard University, Guest Editor

GIANT Magazine, Managing Editor

Críticas (Publishers Weekly), Book Reviewer

ABC-Clio book and author scout and series editor.

Media Coverage

NPR Video: “Let’s Talk About Race (Made Easy)”

Kera’s “Think” Conversation About Code Switch Approach To News

The Atlantic Live Video: Moderating “The Elements Of Change: Reforming Criminal Justice”

Joined Wbez’s “Morning Shift” To Discuss My Reporting Series When Siblings Go To Prison

Joined Wnyc’s “Brian Lehrer Show” To Discuss The End Of Private Prisons.

Spoke To “The Bill Press Show” About Civil Unrest Stemming From A Police Shooting In Milwaukee.

Joined Wurd And Wdel To Discuss My Story, “What The Fbi’s Crime Numbers Mean In One City.”

Joined Wurd’s “Wake Up” This Morning To Discuss My Piece, “7,000 Deaths In Custody.” This Article Was Also Extensively Quoted By Daily Kos.

Joined Wwl’s “Think Tank” About My Article, “Why Poor, Low-Level Offenders Often Plead To Worse Crimes.”

Joined The Riveters Podcast To Discuss Our Series “Who Run The World?”

Interviews

Ava DuVernay

FILMMAKER, SELMA, 13TH, QUEEN SUGAR

Scott Budnick

FILM PRODUCER, THE HANGOVER

DeRay McKesson

BLM LEADER

Sally Yates

Former U.S. DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL

Sen. Cory Booker

(D) NEW JERSEY

Heather Ann Thompson

AUTHOR, BLOOD IN THE WATER: THE ATTICA PRISON UPRISING OF 1971 AND ITS LEGACY

Valerie Jarrett

SENIOR ADVISER, PRESIDENT OBAMA

Cathy Hughes

FOUNDER/CEO, RADIO ONE MEDIA

Robert Johnson

FOUNDER, BET

Tavis Smiley

TELEVISION HOST

Joy Reid

TELEVISION HOST

Alejandro Sanz

GRAMMY-WINNING SINGER/SONGWRITER

Antonio Banderas

ACTOR

Gael García Bernal

ACTOR

Hector Elizondo

ACTOR

Matt Barnes

NBA PLAYER

Van Jones

CNN HOST/FORMER WHITE HOUSE ADVISOR

Michael Eric Dyson

SOCIOLOGIST, BEST-SELLING AUTHOR

Education

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Goddard College, VT

Master of Science in Journalism (Print), Boston University, Boston, MA

Harvard University, Radcliffe Publishing Course, Cambridge, MA

Bachelor of Arts, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

Fulbright Scholarship, Madrid, Spain

Institute for Economic and Political Studies, London, England

University of Madrid, Spain