Mr. Vargas is an award-winning multimedia journalist and is the founder of Define American, a new campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration.
He's been a journalist for over a decade, writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country. Most recently, he was a senior contributing editor at the Huffington Post, where he launched the Technology and College sections. Prior to that, he covered tech and video game culture, HIV/AIDS, and the 2008 presidential campaign for the Washington Post, and was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for covering the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech. His 2006 series on HIV/AIDS in Washington, D.C. inspired a feature-length documentary -- The Other City -- which he co-produced and wrote. It world premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and aired on Showtime. In 2007, the daily journal Politico named him one of the 50 Politicos To Watch.
News media's evolution, and the breakdown of barriers between print and broadcast journalism, has guided his reporting career. He's written for daily newspapers (Philadelphia Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle) and national magazines (New Yorker, Rolling Stone) and has appeared on CNN, ABC News and PBS NewsHour. On HuffPost, he created the blog Technology as Anthropology, which focuses on tech's impact on people and how we behave. He taught a class on "Storytelling 2.0" at Georgetown University and served on the advisory board for the Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism, housed at American University.
Born in the Philippines, he emigrated to the United States at age 12. Stunning the media and political circles and attracting world-wide coverage, Vargas wrote the groundbreaking essay, "My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant," for the New York Times Magazine in the summer of 2011.
A very proud alumnus of Mountain View High School and San Francisco State University, he loves jazz, can't get enough of Ben & Jerry's and worships at the altars of Altman, Almodovar, Didion, Baldwin and Orwell.
He currently lives in New York City.
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